Alleged member of PKK taken away from prison by Diyarbakır Police goes missing

An inmate in Diyarbakır D Type Prison, named Afşin Musazade, an alleged member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was recently taken away by the police from prison has reportedly gone missing in Diyarbakır.

According to pro-Kurdish news sources, allegedly PKK member Afşin Musazade was detained in Diyarbakır one week ago. He was reportedly tortured severely during custody and then jailed and placed in Diyarbakır D Type Prison. One week after his arrest Musazade was reportedly taken away by police officers that put forward a warrant by Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office as a reason for his removal from the prison.

As the whereabouts of Musazade remains unknown since, his friends in the prison and relatives have expressed their concerns over Musazade’s life.

According to a striking report released by Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) on March 22, 2017 with the title of “Suspicious Deaths And Suicides In Turkey” there has been an increase in the number of suicides and suspicious deaths in Turkey, most in Turkish jails and detention centers where a torture and ill-treatment is being practiced. In most of the 54 cases mentioned in the report, (which was later updated with the list of 60 cases) authorities concluded these as suicides without any effective, independent investigation. The suspicious death has also taken place beyond the prison walls amid psychological pressure and threats of imminent imprisonment and torture, sometimes following the release of suspects or just before the detention.

May 6, 2017

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