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Turkish Prosecutor Seeks Justice For Torture Victims Of 1980 Coup

Former inmates of the notorious Diyarbakir Prison, where hundreds of people were tortured in the aftermath of Turkey's bloody military coup in 1980, may be on the verge of finally getting justice.

Turkish Prosecutor Seeks Justice For Torture Victims Of 1980 Coup
Yalçın Doğan

Diyarbakır Prison is an infamous symbol of Turkey's 1980 coup. Following the constitutional referendum last September, which stripped alleged perpetrators of immunity, Diyarbakır Chief Prosecutor Durdu Kavak has launched an investigation into what happened at the jail. And some 700 former inmates have come forward with their testimonies.

Each has been asked the same list of questions: When were you a prisoner in Diyarbakır Prison? How were you tortured? Do you know the name of the person who tortured you and his position at the time? Did the torturing leave a permanent mark on you?

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