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The Isparta High Criminal Court has sentenced two people to two years, six months in prison for torturing a solider at the Isparta Military Prison in 2004.
In 2012, Mustafa Dabaz filed a complaint with the Isparta Chief Public Prosecutor's Office against two guards at the Isparta Military Prison for torturing and insulting him for four days while he was in prison in 2004.
Dabaz was imprisoned at the military prison after he deserted his post at the Eğirdir Mountain Commando School Education Center in the southern city of Isparta while performing his compulsory military service.
He stated in his complaint that he had been exposed to various forms ill-treatment by the two individuals during his time in prison. He said he was assaulted, insulted and tortured and that the two withheld water and food.
After Dabaz filed his complaint, the prosecutor's office prepared an indictment and sent it to the Isparta High Criminal Court, which decided to start the trial on April 5.
The court has now sentenced the two military officers, Y.A. and K.A., to two years, six months in prison on charges of torture. The complainant's description of the crimes of these two officers were supported by the testimonies of six witness at the last the hearing of the trial, held on Friday.
The witnesses also testified that almost all of the prisoners were exposed to these forms of ill-treatment during their terms at the military prison. O
ne of the witnesses, F.S., who was in the same prison ward in 2004, said during the hearing that the order for the torture was given by a sergeant.
The witness added that the prison wardens also tolerated the torture. However, the defendants denied the charges against them in the trial.
The court first sentenced the two defendants to three years, six months, but then decreased their sentences to two years, six months. The court also decided to file criminal complaints against the wardens of the military prison at the time and any others who may have had a role in the torture.
The court based its ruling on the first clause of Article 37 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which states that “each person who jointly executes an act defined as a crime in the law is equally responsible in terms of the legal consequences,” as well as the first clause of Article 94 of the TCK, which states that “any public officer who causes severe bodily or mental harm, loss of consciousness or ability to act, or who dishonors a person, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for three years to 12 years.”Last Mod: 25 Mayıs 2013, 12:01