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Arbitrary Detention and Arrest




Alaattin Kaya: Owner of the Former Zaman Newspaper Concessionaire Alaaddin Kaya was detained in Edremit, Balıkesir on 20 August 2016 and was arrested in Ankara on 2 September. At the trial that was held at the Ankara 4th High Criminal Court, Kaya was sentenced to an aggravated prison sentence, and the decision was upheld by Appeal in 2020. 72-year-old Kaya has been in solitary confinement for 6 years.


Hidayet Karaca: He was taken into custody on 14 of December in 2014 and was later arrested. Although the application made to the ECHR regarding the unjust detention was notified to the government and all processes were completed, no decision was made.


Mehmet Baransu: Journalist Mehmet Baransu, who was detained and arrested on August 9, 2014, has been in prison for about 8 years.


Ali Ünal: Journalist and writer Ali Ünal, who was detained and arrested in Uşak on August 14, 2016, was sentenced to 19 years and 6 months in prison by the Uşak 2nd Air Criminal Court. Ünal is detained in İzmir No. 2 F Type High Security Closed Penitentiary Institution.


Mustafa Ünal: Zaman Newspaper writer and director Mustafa Ünal was detained in Ankara on 27 July 2016. He was arrested on 30 July 2016. Ünal was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months in prison. The decision was upheld by the court of appeal. The Supreme Court also upheld the prison sentence with its decision on September 24, 2020. Ünal has been imprisoned in Silivri Prison since 30 July 2016.


Ercan Gün: Journalist Ercan Gün was detained in Istanbul on 25 July 2016 and was released on 2 August on condition of judicial control. Gün, who was detained again on August 2, this time as part of the Dink Investigation, was arrested on August 25. Gün was sentenced to 10 years in prison at the hearing at the Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court.


Murat Capan: Former editor of Nokta magazine Murat Capan was detained and arrested on 26 May 2017 in Edirne. Capan was sentenced to 22 years and 6 months in prison on the charge of “inciting the people to an armed revolt against the Government of the Republic of Turkey” and a warrant was issued for his arrest.




Yurt Atayün: Former chief policeYurt Ataytun, who was detained and arrested on July 22, 2014, was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment at the Istanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court. Atayün, who has been in prison for nearly 8 years, was transferred to Edirne prison in 2018 and was put in a solitary cell.


Anadolu Atayün: Former police chief Anadolu Atayün, who was detained and arrested in Konya, was sentenced to 40 years and 6 months in prison by the Konya 2nd High Criminal Court.


Yakup Saygılı: Former Istanbul Financial Crimes Branch Manager Yakup Saygılı, who took part in corruption investigations in 2013, was detained on 1 September 2014 and arrested on 4 September. Saygılı was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment by the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court. Saygılı has been imprisoned in Silivri Prison for nearly 8 years.


Ömer Köse: Former Istanbul Anti-Terrorism Branch Director Ömer Köse, who was detained on July 22, 2014, was first released, then taken into custody again and arrested on August 20, 2014. Köse, who was held in Silivri prison for a long time, was later transferred to Tekirdağ Prison where she was kept in a solitary cell. Köse has been in detention for about 8 years.




Yusuf Bilge Tunç: He was kidnapped on 6th of August 2019 by people thought to be state officials. Considering the abduction method and the situation of previously abducted people, there is no doubt that the perpetrators are state officials. The police authorities did not make any effort to find him, and did not even properly evaluate the evidence found by the family. The ECHR, on the other hand, did not take these facts into account in its decision and said that there was no defect in the actions of the police and the prosecutor’s office, consequently encouraging the perpetrators.




Orhan İnandı: Educator Orhan İnandı, a Kyrgyz-Turkish citizen, was kidnapped on the 1st of June 2021 by unidentified people in Kyrgyzstan. On July 5, 2021, Erdoğan said that İnandı was brought to Turkey with the MIT operation. In the images presented to the Turkish media, it was noted that İnandı was weakened and was holding his right arm with his left hand because he could not carry it, which was bruised and swollen, and that his right arm was probably broken. The trial of İnandı, who was arrested on July 12, 2021, at the Ankara 23rd High Criminal Court still continues.


Zabit Kişi: On September 30, 2017, while returning from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan, Zabit Kişi was abducted and brought to Turkey, and was questioned by the MİT for 108 days after being severely tortured. During this period, Zabit Kişi, who was kept in a three square meter windowless cell like a tomb, was handed over to the TEM Branch police in Ankara on January 18, 2018. He was arrested and sent to Kocaeli Kandıra Prison. Complaints that he made about his abduction and torture were unsuccessful.


Gökhan Türkmen: He was kidnapped by three unidentified people near his house in Antalya on the 7th of February in 2019. He was taken to Ankara and questioned by MİT officials. For 271 days, he was severely tortured in a small cell with a bruise on his head, a bandage on his eye, his hands in handcuffs and his feet in chains. It turned out that Gökhan Türkmen, who could not be heard from for about 9 months, was detained in Antalya police station on 6 November 2019.  At the hearing held at the Ankara 2nd High Criminal Court, Turkmen, who was arrested and sent to Sincan Prison, explained in detail what was done to him. He was threatened in prison and was pressured to withdraw his application to the ECHR.


Yasin Ugan: Yasin Ugan was abducted in front of people on 13 February 2019, from his apartment in Ankara, during daylight hours, by a crowded plain-clothes police group, with a black bag on his head. He was put into a vehicle with license plate number 06 AD 176 or 178. His family was told by the police that Ugan had not been taken into custody. Ugan, who could not be heard from for more than 5 months, appeared in Ankara TEM on 29 July 2019. Ugan, who was arrested, explained in detail the torture inflicted on him at the hearing in June at the Ankara 34th High Criminal Court. Saying that he lived with a bag on his head for 6 months, that he was severely tortured, that he was left livid, that he could only take a bath 3 times and that he signed his statement without seeing it, Ugan also dismissed his lawyer at the court. No investigation was opened into Ugan’s abduction and torture.


Kosovo: On March 29, 2018, 5 educators and a professor of medicine were illegally smuggled out of Kosovo with a MIT operation. The file regarding the application made to the ECHR about the arrest made after the illegal abduction has not even been sent to Turkey for defence yet.

Kahraman Demirez

Dr. Mustafa Erdem

Cihan Ozkan

prof. Dr. Osman Karakaya

Dr. Yusuf Karabina

Hasan Hüseyin Gunakan


Moldova: Moldovan Security Service (ISS) detained 7 people working in “Horizont Schools”, which has been operating for many years, at their homes, schools, in front of their children and students on September 6, 2018. During the detention, the intelligence officials said that the detainees would be released after a normal document check. however, the 7 people in question were brought to Turkey on 7 September 2018. In the application made by the victims, the ECHR found the Moldovan government guilty and decided that they violated the rights. The EU Committee of Ministers has also initiated a procedure for the implementation of the ECHR decision and the punishment of the Moldovan officials involved in the incident. 6 of the victims were sentenced to different prison sentences and 5 of them are still in prison in Turkey.

Yasin Özdil

Rıza Doğan

jdat Çelebi

Hasan Karacaoğlu

Feridun Tüfekçi

Hüseyin Bayraktar

Sertif Ayri




Esma Uludağ: Esma Uludağ’s husband, Mehmet Ali Uludağ (38) came to Germany a while ago. His wife Esma Uludağ, who was expelled with the Decree of State of Emergency (OHAL), passed through Meriç with her 3 children and began to wait for family reunification in Greece. Esma Uludağ passed away on April 29, 2018, first from a stroke and then from a heart attack.


Akcabay family: Mother Hatice, 7-year-old Ahmet Esat, 5-year-old Mesut and 1-year-old Bekir Aras, lost their lives when the boat they were on went missing while trying to cross the Meriç River to Greece on July 18, 2018.


Nurefşan Teke: On March 4, 2021, 9-year-old Nurefşan Teke drowned while trying to cross the Meriç River to Greece with her mother, Neslihan Teke, and died.


Ahmet Burhan Ataç: Ahmet Burhan Ataç, a cancer patient whose father was imprisoned in prison, passed away on May 7, 2020 in the hospital where he was treated. 8-year-old Ahmet Burhan Ataç, known for his video message saying “I want to hug my father and get well” on social media, succumbed to cancer and passed away while longing for his father.


Haluk Savaş: Prof. Dr. Haluk Savaş, who was first dismissed and then expelled from Gaziantep University Faculty of Medicine on September 1, 2016. Dr. Haluk Savaş was detained on September 28, 2016. He spent 2 months in prison. In that process, he was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer. Savaş, who was also the editor-in-chief of KHK TV, passed away due to cancer, which he was treated for.




Halime Gülsu: Halime Gülsu, who was detained in Mersin Tarsus Prison and haD systemic lupus erythematosus, was taken into custody on 20 February 2018 and died in prison on 28 April 2018 because her medication was not given for the first 15 days.


Gökhan Acikollu: Diabetic patient Gökhan Açıkkollu, who was detained on July 24, 2016 at his home in Ümraniye, Istanbul, was tortured for 13 days in the Istanbul Security Directorate C-3 Detention House. He went into a diabetic coma twice and was taken to the hospital and was beaten at the Police Station. Tortured with a bat. He died in the custody of the police on August 5, 2016.


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Arbitrary Detention and Arrest