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    Turkish police rule out torture in the death of imprisoned activist

    HotNewsTurkey Staff
    21.10.2008 - 13:06 | Son Güncelleme: 21.10.2008 - 13:55

    A preliminary police investigation Tuesday has revealed there is no evidence of violence in the death of leftist activist, Engin Ceber, who died in custody in an Istanbul prison, Turkish TV channels reported. (UPDATED)

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

     

    Turkish Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin said in a statement made to reporters immediately after the incident that it was understood "ill treatment" was involved, and apologized to the family of the victim, vowing a full investigation into his death.

     

    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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