A police officer working at Turkish Parliament as a security officer committed suicide using his service pistol late on Wednesday in Ankara, shortly after finding out that his name was among the thousands of police officers suspended as part of a post-coup witch hunt targeting faith-based Gülen movement.
The police officer, identified only by the initials H.A., reportedly phoned his relatives before committing suicide, according to information received from police units. He also posted a message on his social media account reading: “I am not a traitor. I have never betrayed my homeland.”
10,732 police officers have been jailed since the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, according to a statement from Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on April 2, 2017
According to a striking report released by Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) on Mach 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.
April 27, 2017