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    Turkish gov't denies media reports of no violence in activist’s death

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    22 Ekim 2008 - 12:11Son Güncelleme : 22 Ekim 2008 - 13:13

    Turkey’s Interior Ministry Wednesday denied media reports suggesting the ministry's inspectors had found no evidence of violence in the death of a leftist activist, who died in custody, in their preliminary investigation.

    News agencies suggested Tuesday that according to the preliminary investigation report sent by inspectors to the Security General Directorate, there is no evidence of violence in the death of leftist activist, Engin Ceber, who died in custody in an Istanbul prison.

    "The inspectors still continue their investigation... They will present their findings to the Interior Ministry after completing it," ANKA News Agency quoted a statement released by the ministry as saying.

    An investigation has been opened into the nineteen prison personnel suspended amid allegations that Ceber was tortured to death in custody at Istanbul’s Metris Prison earlier in October.

     

    The Turkish government has been working hard to improve the country’s human rights record, a highly sensitive issue in relations with the European Union. The government says it pursues a policy “zero tolerance to torture”.

     

    Ceber was detained last month while protesting that police officers have not been brought to justice for allegedly shooting and paralyzing a youth selling a left-wing publication last year.     

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