Turkey: Roboski victims relative seeks
compensation after four detentions
July 25, 2012
ISTANBUL, Ferhat Encü filed a
suit for 20,000 Turkish Liras in respect of
non-pecuniary damages against the Turkish state
after law enforcement officials took him under
custody four times over in connection with the same
charge. Encü had lost 11 of his relatives in last
year's Kurdish Roboski
believes it was his quest for justice that prompted
officials to take action against him.
"I am trying to keep the [issue of the] Roboski
massacre current by talking about it the whole time.
My quest for justice has unequivocally bothered the
officials. They are trying to put the squeeze on me
in this way to intimidate and silence me. There
cannot be any other explanation. They want me to
give up my struggle for justice," Encü had told
bianet following his latest detention.
Encü's lawyers Efkan Bolaç, Taylan Tanay and Müşir
Deliduman consequently appealed to the Istanbul High
Criminal Court on Monday to file a suit at the
Şırnak High Criminal Court in the country's
southeast in accordance with article 141 of the Code
of Criminal Procedure (CMK.)
Detention deja vu
Officials first detained Encü on Feb. 29 in
connection with the attack on Uludere District Mayor
Naif Yavuz, but he was subsequently released upon
the order of the court.
Law enforcement officials then took him under
custody again on March 10 at Çukurova University
where he was enrolled as a student, after the
prosecutor objected to the decision to release him.
Authorities then released Encü once more but took
him under custody again on May 26 in Ankara where he
had arrived to participate in a demonstration by the
Democratic Constitution Movement before Parliament.
The apparent reason for this detention was the
officials' failure to feed the latest orders to
release him into the National Judiciary Informatics
He was released again after the error came to light,
but when Encü visited the Şırnak Provincial Police
Department on July 19 to follow through some
procedures pertaining to his passport,www.ekurd.net
law enforcement officials once more - "erroneously"-
took him under custody on the grounds there was a
search warrant for him.
Encü's lawyers have requested 10,000 TL for their
client's detention on May 26 and another 10,000 TL
for his detention on July 19, arguing their client
had been aggrieved by the officials' actions,
harassed by the police, experienced emotional
distress and ran into problems when he attempted to
participate in the demonstration for a democratic
On Dec. 28, 2011, Turkish Air Force jets
launched an ill-fated strike
in the district of Uludere in the southeasten
Kurdish province of Şırnak (Northern Kurdistan).
Some 34 Kurdish civilians from the villages of
Roboski (Ortasu) and Bujeh (Gülyazı,) 28 of them
being from the same family, lost their lives in
consequence of the botched air strike.
Uludere District Mayor Naif Yavuz was then attacked
and wounded on his head when he came to offer his
condolences to the families of the deceased on Jan.
2. A court consequently ruled on Jan. 7 to arrest
five suspects in connection with the incident on the
charge of "attempted voluntary manslaughter."
Authorities subsequently transferred arrested
suspects Mehmet Altürk, Faris Kaya, Ferdi Alma,
Faruk Encü and Özcan Encü to Şırnak Prison. The
indictment is yet to come out, while there is still
an order of secrecy over the file. (AS)
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