Turgut, thrown from a helicopter by Turkish soldiers, has died

Servet Turgut, one of the two villagers thrown from a helicopter by Turkish soldiers lost his life.

During an operation in Çatak, province of Van, on 11 September, Turkish soldiers detained Osman Şiban and Servet Turgut in the Yoğurtlu hamlet of the village of Çığlıca in Şırnak’s Beytüşşebap district.

Two days after both people were detained, they were taken to hospital and entered the intensive care unit of the Van Regional Training and Research Hospital.

Servet Turgut, father of 7, was in intensive care for 20 days. Turgut, 55, died today.

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Osman Şiban and Servet Turgut were arrested by Turkish soldiers during a military operation in the countryside of Çatak district in Van province on September 11.

It was documented by medical reports later that Şiban had been thrown from helicopter. After days in the intensive care unit at the Van Training and Research Hospital, the man has been discharged from hospital and brought to Mersin. Şiban spoke to Mezopotamya news agency (ANHA).

Şiban said he doesn’t remember anything about the day of their arrest, adding; “I have not recovered yet. My body hurts. I am not fine. I remember nothing about that day.”

Police tried to prevent the HDP delegation who from making a statement about villagers Servet Turgut and Osman Şiban, who were detained by soldiers in Çatak (Van) on 11 September and thrown by a helicopter.

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HDP parliamentary group president, Saruhan Oluç, Van MPs Muazzez Orhan and Murat Sarısaç, Mersin MP Rıdvan Turan, executive from the HDP, DBP, Human and Freedom Party provincial administrators managed to hold the press statement despite the police trying to keep journalists away.

Speaking to the ANF after the statement, Mersin HDP MP Rıdvan Turan, who is also a doctor, said that according to the information they received from doctors, it was confirmed that the two men had been thrown from a certain height. “The injured villagers were in different hospitals, in fact one of them was even discharged, but we learned that they were taken under observation at the military hospital again. Osman Şiban was taken from his house at night and brought to the military hospital. We talked to the doctors at the hospital where our friend, whose condition was more serious, was hospitalized. They said that there was a multiple trauma consistent with a fall from a height. The patient suffered internal brain bleeding because of a blow he received on the head. The doctor said that his situation is not very good. The other villager’s situation is better. I am a doctor and according to the findings, I can clearly say that these injuries are caused by being thrown from a height. Considering that there are witnesses saying that the two had been put in a helicopter, it is very likely that they had been thrown from that helicopter.”

Noting that all these findings are not confirming the Governor’s statement, Turan states that the state ignored the incident: “When we put the pieces together, multiple trauma, falling from a height and the soldiers taking the citizens by helicopter, and we add the witnesses and the fact that the families knew after a time that the two men had been brought to the hospital, we can see that the statement of the governor doesn’t stand. The governor said that the two men had fallen from a rock while running away. There is a serious human rights violation, but the state does not admit it. The police tried to prevent us from speaking to the press, that should not report or take images.”

HDP Deputy Rıdvan Turan said: “We are witnessing a return to the methods of the ‘90s in the addressing the Kurdish issue. The situation in the countryside of Van is not at all pleasant at the moment. People who are overwhelmed by such repression come to us and tell us that soldiers are telling them ‘if you don’t like it go away then’. We see a return of kidnappings as was the case of our young HDP member. The reproduction and acceleration of the 90s concept of total war is very worrying.”