Turkey asks Denmark to probe citizen death in prison

Although it has been 4 days since the beating took place, the police have still not questioned the guardians.

Turkey asks Denmark to probe citizen death in prison

Head of the Turkish parliament's human rights committee, Zafer Uskul, on Thursday sent a letter to the Chairman of the Justice Committee in the Danish Parliament, Peter Skaarup, over killing of a Turkish origin citizen, Ekrem Sahin, in a Danish prison.

Uskul's letter said, "Turkish newspapers dated January 15, 2011 said 23-year-old Turkish citizen Ekrem Sahin, serving 2-year imprisonment term in Kolding Prison of Denmark, was beaten to death by prison guards. A similar incident had taken place in a prison in our country and necessary judicial and administrative proceedings were carried out and those responsible were punished."

"I request you to follow the issue closely and initiate necessary proceedings against the perpetrators," Uskul told in the letter.

Officials said the incident broke out when Ekrem Sahin was transferred to a different cell.

According to the mother of the victim, when Ekrem Sahin resisted 10 guardians beat him until he went into a coma.

Reportedly, the guardians left him lying on the floor with his hands cuffed and only 25 minutes later they recognized his heartbeat had stopped. Then it took 1 hour to get him to the hospital.

After initial medical response, doctors said he would either stay in coma and never wake up or wake up in a paralyzed condition and never be able to speak again.

Struggling in a battle of survival since Tuesday, Ekrem lost his life at hospital, with tens of questions waiting for answers behind him.

Danish police first took the incident lightly, but they took action when the news hit the Turkish media and Turkish Embassy questioned the incident.

Although it has been 4 days since the beating took place, the police have still not questioned the guardians.

The grieving family of the victim said they will seek justice. Social Democrat MP Huseyin Arac, who is a Danish citizen of Turkish origin, says he will give a parliamentary question to the Justice Minister.


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