Police tortured Şehmus Demir, who is a 72 percent disabled person, in front of the prosecutor’s office at the Diyarbakır Bismil Courthouse, while the prosecutor, to whom the lawyers reported the situation, defended the torture by saying, “The person was trying to escape.”
While the torture of a 14-year-old boy by the police in the Lice district of Diyarbakır a few days ago is still in the news, a new case of torture carried out in front of the prosecutor’s room at the Bismil Courthouse yesterday evening is in the news.
According to the Yeni Hayat news site, accused Şehmus Demir, who was brought to the Bismil Courthouse to give a statement, was beaten outside the door of the prosecutor’s room by the police officers in the courthouse because he said he wanted to smoke. The lawyers, who were informed about the incident on the ground floor after the commotion and shouting at the scene, witnessed Demir being beaten by the police when they went down to the ground floor. After the lawyers tried to film the incident with a mobile phone camera, the police took Demir to the toilet, closed the door, and continued to beat him. The prosecutor defended the torture and replied, “The person tried to escape,” to the lawyers who reported the incident.
72 percent have a disability report
While the minutes were kept about the incident with the initiatives of the lawyers, the minutes said, “We witnessed that Şehmus Demir, who was brought to the Bismil Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, shouted on the floor ‘Don’t shoot brother, don’t shoot brother.’ According to the information we received from Şehmus Demir’s uncle, we witnessed that the person had not smoked since yesterday and that he was beaten after he requested to smoke from law enforcement officers. After the beating in the corridor, he was taken to the toilet and continued to be beaten by a law enforcement officer. When we tried to intervene, a law enforcement officer tightly closed the toilet door in our faces and ensured the beating continued. The person who was beaten has a 72 percent disability report.”
The lawyers applied for an examination of the footage of the incident, in which everyone in the courthouse corridor witnessed the incident, and for the person to be transferred to the hospital and to receive a report of the beating.
Source: New Life
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