Six men who are alleged to be victims of abduction and were recently found in Turkish police custody have told their wives not to talk or do anything about their abduction as if they were forced to do so, a lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has said.
HDP MP Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, who is also a human rights activist, on Saturday held a press conference in parliament and expressed his views on the alleged enforced disappearances after talking to Zehra Turkmen, the wife of the most recently found of the six.
On Wednesday Zehra announced that her husband Gokhan Turkmen, one of the six Turkish nationals allegedly abducted in Antalya province in February this year, turned up in police custody like the others.
Gergerlioglu told reporters that he had just spoken to Turkmen’s wife about her meeting with her husband, which happened a day after he was found in custody of the Antalya Police Department.
“I announce this for the first time, here. The current state of Gokhan Turkmen is the same as other [alleged] abductees. … All the six men, Gokhan Turkmen and the other five men found in police custody before him have the same story!” the lawmaker argued.
Based on the Zehra’s narrative, Gergerlioglu described Turkmen as being exhausted, having lost around 25 kilograms and with a pale face “that obviously has not been exposed to sunlight for a long time.”
He wants all the applications made for him to the national and the international organizations to be withdrawn and the subject of his alleged abduction dropped, the MP added.
“He tells his wife that this is better for their family and fails to give satisfying answers to her questions,” he continued.
Gergerlioglu held forth that all six abductees say similar things to their family members “almost word by word” as if they were made to memorize them and none of the wives believe that her husband speaks of his own free will.
“We will not let this go away! Nobody’s life in Turkey can be trampled on! The right to live is the most precious right. The security of life is the most important security a government is responsible to provide,” the pro-Kurdish MP vowed.
All six of the missing men had been reportedly searched by police in investigations into the Gulen movement led by the US-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Ankara regards the faith-based movement a terror organization and accuses Gulen and his followers of orchestrating the failed putsch bid that targeted the ruling AK Party (AKP) government on July 15, 2016.
Both Gulen and his followers strictly deny coup-related charges and involvement in any terror activities.