Zaman newspaper reported that the Turkish General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers recognized the existence of “naked inspection of women” in prisons, after the controversy escalated over this issue.
The newspaper reported that the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Homes issued an embarrassing statement to politicians belonging to the ruling Justice and Development Party, who insisted on denying the facts of the naked searches in prisons.
Zaman newspaper noted that the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers did not address in its statement the statements of the victims, who spoke of being “insulted by naked searches in prisons and detention centers.”
The statement quoted an explanation saying that “if there is a reasonable and intense suspicion that the person concerned will enter a prohibited substance into the establishment, a detailed inspection request shall be made, if the superior supervisor deems it necessary.”
The statement stated that what was described as “detailed searches” are carried out by employees “of the same sex as the convicted and detained, in a room designated for inspection only, in a manner that does not violate the feelings of embarrassment of the prisoner and the convicted.”
The statement explained the measures taken during this type of inspection, noting that “clothes are first taken off from the upper part of the body, and after wearing them the clothes are removed from the lower part.”
He also pointed out that there is an emphasis on “not touching the body during the detailed search. First and foremost, the detainee and the convicted person are required to take the substance or substance prohibited by him and deliver it. Otherwise, in cases that require inspection of body cavities, a detailed search is carried out by the doctor”.
The statement pointed out that detailed research in prisons “is an exceptional practice and is a precautionary measure accepted by international organizations and implemented by many countries. In our country, it is carried out according to the strict rules of form mentioned above in the framework of respect for privacy and human dignity. Especially if it is done.” Convicted or imprisoned for drug offenses and terrorism. “
The newspaper mentioned that official accusations were leveled against the opposition Turkish parliamentarian, Umar Faruk Cırcıolu, “after highlighting that veiled women were subjected to naked searches in security centers and prisons after they were arrested on charges of belonging to the service movement.”
On the same subject, the newspaper pointed out that the head of the Turkish Future Party, Ahmet Davutoglu, called on President Recep Erdogan to hold accountable those responsible for the facts of the naked inspection, noting that proving such a crime is not difficult, and it is possible to examine the surveillance cameras in prisons to verify the occurrence of violations.
Davutoglu said that if he had been in power at the present time, a president, prime minister, or any other position, he would have “contacted these women immediately, and if their disclosure is proven, then the responsible will be counted.”