Women transferred to Gebze prison
26 March 2012
17 political prisoners transferred because prison is overcrowded
Bakırköy L Type prison authorities decided for the transfer of 17 political prisoners on the grounds that the prison is overcrowded. The prison administration however avoided touching more than 350 ordinary prisoners held in the prison.
Six woman prisoners sentenced for PKK and DHKP-C cases were transferred to Gebze M Type Prison on 11 March as 11 others are expecting to be exiled from the prison.
Among the woman prisoners transferred to Gebze Prison are also Emine Kaçar, mother of one, and DHKP-C case prisoner Münever Aşçı who was one of the victims of 19 December slaughter of the so called Back to Life Operation in the year 2000. Not only the transfer of Kaçar and Aşçı, but also the way of their criminal conviction obviously reveals the arbitrariness of the “justice” system in Turkey.
Emine Kaçar was taken into custody on 13 November 1999 while touring around with her brother and friends, on charges of “going to mountain to join guerrilla”. After being subjected to torture for seven days at a police station, Emine was sent to jail on the basis of the slander by police. Emine, despite being released in 2000, was once more arrested one year later on the basis of the same court file. This time, she was released after spending four months in jail. However, in 2003, Emine was this time arrested with her brother and held in prison until her release in 2004 in accordance with a new legal arrangement made.
Still, nothing changed even after Emine, who got married in 2006, gave her baby the name Özgür (free) as a reaction to the usurpation of her freedom in an arbitrary manner. After being arrested for three times on the basis of the same court file, Emine Kaçar was this time found guilty of membership to the organization, which made her son Özgür one of the “jailed” children in Turkey.
Münever Aşçı was in Bayrampaşa prison when the state carried out operations in 20 separate prisons within the scope of Back to Life Operation. During the assault by special operation teams of Ankara Gendarme Command of Public Security, the left side of Münever’s face was burnt when she was trying to protect her woman comrades who were slaughtered with chemicals dropped on C Block of the prison. 12 prisoners were shot dead or died burning in this operation. As the main individual responsible for the operation were once again absolved from the case, 39 soldiers who didn’t take part in the operation were taken to court for the operation. On the other hand, Münever Aşçı who had been tried for the same case since 1991 was sent to Bakırköy L Type Prison to complete her sentence. And now, with Emine Kaçar, she has been arbitrarily transferred to Gebze M Type prison.
ZEYNEP KURAY - ANF * / ISTANBUL
ANF NEWS AGENCY