Im folgenden ein Text (in Englisch), in dem Mehmet seinen AnwaeltInnen erzaehlt, wie er behandelt wird.
client Mehmet Bal declared his conscientious objection on the 24th of
we present Mehmet Bal’s own explanations concerning the process he went
through to the public and press. Lawyer Abdullah Oztürk and lawyer Suna Coskun
listened to these explanations, when they visited Mehmet Bal on 8th
of November, 2002. Mehmet Bal made similar statements to the lawyers Meric Tümer
and Mustafa Cinkilic, who visited him the days before.
arrived at the barracks in Mersin on 24th of October and directly went to
Platoon Commander First Lieutenant Durmus Er to declare my conscientious
objection to military service. The First lieutenant accompanied me to the Unit
Commander Haydar Kocaman. I repeated my conscientious objection.
I was brought to the uniform section, where I was told to wear a uniform. I
refused. I was brought to the officers’ room, where I was once again ordered
to wear a uniform. Once again I refused. An official record was prepared and I
got detained. I was sent to the Military Court of the 6th Army Corps
in Adana, the day after. I’ve been put into the military prison of the 6th
Army Corps after a psychiatric consultation.
brought to the director of the prison, Colonel Durdu Solak. I explained that I
am a conscientious objector, that I won’t serve in the army and that I
therefore refuse to wear a military prison uniform. Colonel Durdu Solak said,
“we won’t accept such behaviour here,
you will obey to our rules” and sent me to the uniform store. There I was
confronted with the same demand, to which I once again refused. Sentinel
Sergeant Major Selim Kopar ordered 5-6 soldiers to undress me by force. I was
dressed forcefully with a military prison uniform and my handcuffed, with my
hands on the back. During the whole process I was treated violently.
the soldiers were ordered to cut my hair, which I also refused. First they tried
to cut it, while I was sitting on a chair. Then they laid me down on the floor. 5-6 soldiers were pressing my body
down, while another one was cutting my hair. At the same time another person was
striking my left foot 4-5 times with a hard thing very severely. I was put
handcuffed into a cell the same night. There was one more prisoner in the cell.
25th of October 2002 at 9 PM I presented my petition to the Sergeant
Major Selim Kopar, stating that I started a hunger strike and explaining my
was held in the two-person cell with my hands handcuffed on my back. On the 30th of October I was brought to the courtyard to
attend at the enumeration. I was still handcuffed and wearing the uniform. Colonel
Durdu Solak approached to me and ordered me to take the “attention” position.
I refused. The colonel kicked my leg two times. The second kick hit my left
ankle. The kick was extremely severe and the lead to a wound of 10-12 cm. The
colonel ordered my legs to be handcuffed. The handcuffing was very tight and the
circulation of blood was interrupted. My ankles started to turn purple and got
bruised. Therefore the colonel ordered the soldiers to put off the handcuffs and
to prepare a special iron chain.
ankles were handcuffed with this chains on the 1st of November 2002.
It was put on whenever I was brought to the prison doctor for inspection (daily),
when my lawyers visited me and when I was summoned in the court yard for
Colonel Durdu Solak summons me, he is ordering me to draw my feet together and
to stay “attention”. I refuse and he
orders the soldiers to padlock the chains together, to create the illusion of
obedience. You can see the wounds of the chains on the level of my ankles.
was kept in the cell handcuffed from behind since the 25th of October
until 3-4 days ago. They were only removed, when I needed to go to the toilet.
am not allowed to breathe fresh air, except the formal enumeration every morning
at 7.45 AM (15 minutes).
am only allowed to take a shower once in a fortnight and I am not granted hot
water. They claim,
that the hot water facilities are out of order.
the first days of my hunger strike, sugar and water were denied, because I had
no money to buy it. The
prisoners in the neighbouring cell aided me in this matter, so I could get sugar.
I have to buy four cubes of sugar for the price of one cup of tea.
came to meet you [the lawyers] I was brought to the doctor, again handcuffed and
chained. They put off the chains to weigh me and I was told that my
weight is 45 kg at the moment. Afterwards my legs were chained again. But
the doctor warned the soldiers to put the chains off before I meet you, as they
did. But afterwards I will be chained again.
statement on the 8th of November
his lawyers Suna Coskun and Abdullah Öztürk
 According to a physician of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, this kind of chains weren’t used in Turkey since the 80s – note of the translator.