Osman Şiban, a villager, who was thrown out of a military helicopter by the Turkish military personel on 11 September 2020 in the eastern province of Van (Wan) in Turkey and detained during a raid at his home this morning in Mersin city has been released.
Osman Şiban’s home was raided by the police early in the morning at his home in Mersin, Turkey, according to a Mesopotamia Agency (MA) report. After the raid, Şiban was detained and taken to a hospital for an initial health control.
The medical examination of Şiban revealed that his health problems constitute a serious risk, therefore he should not be undertaking any travel.
After the medical examination and report Şiban was released.
His brother explained the moments of raid
As Şiban was returned to his home, his brother Haşim Şiban explained the moments of police raid to the Mesopotamia Agency.
Haşim Şiban said that all the entrances of their building were blockaded by the police before the raid as the police secured all the doors of the apartments in their building.
“A specialist doctor checked my brother in the hospital and prepared a report that his health problems and did not allow him to travel. Therefore, the anti-terror police station in Van (Wan) was informed and the Prosecutor’s Office in Van ordered his release,” Haşim Şiban said.
Living with fear
Haşim Şiban also noted that his brother Osman Şiban suffers from amnesia and each home raid and detention means a further trauma for him. “He suffers from a new trauma each time he is detained. He lives with fear all the time. His psychology is devestated,” he said.
What happened to Osman Şiban before?
The torture that Osman Şiban was subjected to with another villager, Servet Turgut, has been a subject of much discussion in Turkey when they were detained by Turkish military personel during a military operation in their village. The medical examination reports of both the villagers confirmed that they were heavily injured due to “a fall from a helicopter”, as a Mesopotamia Agency report revealed.
Servet Turgut did not recover from his injuries inflicted by torture and he lost his life in an intensive care unit on 30 September 2020.
Mesopotamia Agency’s Van Bureau was raided by the police following the reports of the torture incident whilst MA reporters Adnan Bilen and Cemil Uğur and Jinnews reporters Şehriban Abi and Nazan Sala, who reported the torture of the both villagers in Van (Wan), were detained.
The four journalists are still imprisoned in Turkey.
The International Press Institute (IPI) released a statement, demanding the immediate release of the four journalists.