The Constitutional Court (AYM) ruled that Özgür Sağlam, who was in Ümraniye Prison during the “Return to Life Operation” held in 20 different prisons on December 19, 2000 and lost one of his eyes due to a piece of shrapnel, had been violated in connection with his right to life. The Constitutional Court, which decided for a retrial to be held at the Istanbul 2nd Administrative Court, denied the claim for compensation.
The high court ruled that A.K., who was detained by soldiers in Bismil district of Diyarbakır in April 1992 and died as a result of sexual assault with a truncheon, violated the right to life and the prohibition of ill-treatment and paid 500 thousand Turkish Liras of non-pecuniary damages. The soldier, who was prosecuted within the scope of the file, had been sentenced to heavy life imprisonment, but his sentence was abated on the grounds that he exhibited “remorse”. Then the file was dropped on the grounds that the 25-year statute of limitations had expired.