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Motion to investigate “rude and hurtful” MIT torture claims rejected 

Turkey’s parliamentary speaker has rejected an opposition motion calling for a parliamentary inquiry into country’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) over claims of torture, Gazete Duvar news portal reported on Friday.

According to the news report by Haci Biskin from Gazete Duvar, the motion prepared by the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) was returned by Mustafa Sentop due to including “rude and hurtful” sentences stating torture allegations against MIT.

The motion returned by the Turkish Parliament speaker was prepared by Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, Kocaeli deputy of HDP, who is also a human rights activist.

Gergerlioglu’s parliamentary inquiry involved claims that Turkey’s MIT arrested a man named Zabit abroad, before bringing him back to Turkey where he was then allegedly tortured while in custody.

Zabit was accused of “membership in a terrorist organization.”

The Stockholm Center for Freedom reported in February 2018 that Zabit Kisi was one of the two Turkish nationals who were abducted from a plane in Kazakhstan in mid-September 2017.

HDP deputy’s motion included a letter that he received from Kisi, in which he said he was tortured, battered and subjected to sexual harassment by MIT agents following his arrest.

“They wanted me to turn myself in [and give a false confession to the police]. They said they would not let me see my parents, who are older than 75 and have health problems, if I did not do what they asked,” Zabit claimed in the letter.

“They also said they could send me abroad or find me a job in a government institution with a salary of 7,000 or 8,000 lira and drop charges against me and my wife, provided that I complied with their demand. They said they are capable of doing those things,” he added.

Zabit was arrested on charges of being a member of the Gulen Movement, which is designated by the Turkish government as a terrorist organization.

The parliamentary inquiry submitted by Gergerlioglu, who underlined that torture is a crime against humanity that has no statute of limitations, was returned a month later due to involving “rude and hurtful” remarks.

Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement and its US-based leader, cleric Fethullah Gulen, of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

As part of a crackdown carried out by the Turkish government following the attempted coup, more than 77,000 real and alleged members of the movement have been jailed pending trial.

Some 150,000 public officers, military personnel and others have also been dismissed or suspended from their public jobs over suspected links to the faith-based movement.

Gulen strongly denies allegations of any involvement in 2016’s putsch attempt.

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