30 Temmuz 2017 Pazar
England Via Istanbul Transit Proves Torturous
türkçe links to original Turkish article
(Hürriyet Newspaper, 30 July 2017)
There will always be an England...let's not go.
Iranians Sayed Salar Mehdi Pour (29), his brother Saffer Mehdi
Pour (28) and cousin Ebrahim Fard (26) came to Istanbul on 15
June in order to go to England. They made contact with human
trafficking facilitator Farmaz, also an Iranian, and paid him 35,000
Farmaz put the three Iranians up in a hotel in Taksim, where they
stayed for a month because, according to Farmaz, "a problem has
arisen on the border." Farmaz then demanded another 75,000 TL
(about $20,000) from the families of the three. Soon afterwards
Farmaz told them that the time had come to move.
The three were taken to a home in the Fikirtepe section of Kadıköy,
where they were set upon by 6-7 Afghans, who tied their hands and
feet and blindfolded them. The Afthans then demanded 65,000 euros
from the Iranians' families and sent visual proof that they were
torturing their hostages.
Recent graduates of the Afghan Torture Academy - straight
out of central casting (ugh!).
An uncle of the three, Elyas Momammad Khah came to Istanbul,
as did his nephew, who said that on the day of the three hostages
capture Sayed had mentioned Fikirtepe. Police then focused their
efforts there and identified a street where Afghans lived. When
moaning sounds were heard coming from a particular house
police stormed it, freeing the three Iranian hostages.
Afghans Farhat Eşref (20) and Zülfikar Settar (22) were taken
into custody. The Iranians, who had been kept for 37 days and
who suffered cuts to their skin, burnings with a hot iron and
hammer blows, were turned over to their relatives.