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Rights group calls Pakistan to reveal fate of jailed Turkish citizens

06 January 2010 [13:22] - TODAY.AZ
Rights group calls Pakistan to reveal fate of jailed Turkish citizens
A Turkish human rights group called Pakistan to release whereabouts of at least 45 Turks, allegedly jailed and tortured in prisons.
Akdeniz said there are "Turks and prisoners from other countries in Pakistani secret prisons, which even the people of the region did not even know their existence."

Akdeniz said the prisoners are "interrogated by the Pakistan Intelligence (ISI), as well as CIA."

In the report, Mazlumder accused Pakistani security forces of using systematic torture in prisons against their own citizens and foreign nationals, who are kept illegally without trial. "Pakistan Prison Report" also states that some of the citizens of Turkey, recently travelled to the region, have been "the victims of these illegal practices."

The report also said, Turkish Islamabad Consulate General officials did not pay enough attention to the conditions of these citizens in Pakistani jails.

Saying "that with relevant assistance, their detention time would be less", the report asks why citizens of Turkey suffer this type of treatment while Pakistan-Turkey bilateral relations are in good level.

President of the Istanbul Branch Cihat Ozdemir, also a lawyer, said he became aware of the subject upon application of relatives of people who have been in Pakistani prisons.

The group's lawyer Umran Candemir Sirimsi said that the basic principles of criminal law violated in Pakistan by refusing right to defense, fair trial, registering applications of the family members of the defendants, who are allegedly tortured.

She called Pakistani authorities to provide information about the fate of other prisoners who are still in jail.

She urged the world public to take the responsibility to eliminate this unjust treatment, which thousands of people are affected.

/World Bulletin/

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