Turkey's top court says rape, battery in post-coup detention was rights violation

Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled on Sep. 14 that a citizen's rights were violated by police who raped and battered them in detention after the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016.

Duvar English

Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a rights violation on Sep. 14 in the case of a person identified as A.A. who said that police raped and battered them in detention following the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016.

The court said that A.A.'s right to humane treatment was violated and ruled for 50,000 Turkish Liras in reparations while ordering a re-investigation by the prosecutor's office. 

A.A. was reportedly detained during a house search six weeks after the failed coup attempt and worked as a teacher at a dormitory owned by the Family and Social Policies Directorate.

The survivor was assaulted for 25 days after which they agreed to plead guilty to all charges.

A.A. also wrote to news outlets, politicians and non-governmental organizations from prison, detailing the maltreatment they received; the letter was never mailed out of the correctional facility.

The police A.A. accused were not put on trial by the prosecutor's office who said that coup plotters, which A.A. was accused of being, used lies as a technique to break up the state, implying that the survivor was lying.