Turkish Kurd asylum seeker abducted in Athens and handed over to Turkish authorities

The Movement “Expel Racism” reported yesterday (01 June 2013) that, according to information given by the Turkish police to his lawyers and relatives, Yayla Bulut, a Turkish Kurd asylum seeker in Greece, is now in police custody in Turkey. He was abducted in downtown Athens in the evening of 30 May by five men who dragged him in a car and had been unheard from since.

An urgent press release dated 31 May and co-signed by the Greek Council for Refugees, the Social Support Network for Refugees and Migrants, the Team of Lawyers for Refugee and Migrant Rights and the Solidarity Committee for Political Prisoners in Turkey and Kurdistan describe events surrounding his disappearance as follows:
As Yayla Bulut crossed the street after leaving a Kurdish restaurant in the Exarchia neighbourhood of Athens, five men leapt out of a car that had been parked nearby for several hours, immobilized him, beat him savagely, gagged him and shoved him into the car before driving away.
Lawyers, agencies, solidarity groups and MPs got in touch with the various state agencies that may have been involved. The police (including local precincts, the department for refugees, the department for deportations, the Athens police HQ, the national police leadership) denied that they had any knowledge of the incident, despite the fact that eyewitnesses had contacted the direct intervention service as early as 10:30 pm.
A detailed account of the abduction, including the license plate number of the kidnappers’ car, was posted on Indymedia by an eyewitness. It turned out that the car belongs to the Hellenic Police. The police continued however to deny that it had any knowledge of the incident, while the head of the police assigned the local National Security department of Exarchia to conduct an investigation.
The Greek Council for Refugees sent an urgent request to the European Court for Human Rights, asking it to take adequate action to prevent deportation of Yayla Bulut to Turkey. Yayla Bulut had not managed to file his asylum application yet in the infamous Petrou Ralli immigration centre in Athens, despite the fact that he had been a victim of torture in Turkey.
The organisations co-signing the press release note that deportation of Yayla Bulut to Turkey would breach the principle of non-refoulement as well as Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights banning torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and emphasize that his life is in danger.
After reporting that Yayla Bulut is now in police custody in Turkey, the Movement “Expel Racism” further demands that the Hellenic Police, the Ministry of Public Order and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs face their responsibilities instead of pretending that they have no knowledge of the abduction and deportation of an asylum-seeker.
“There are two likely explanations: either Mr. Dendias and the Hellenic Police leadership are covering mafia-like, para-state agents within their ministry, or these agents operate by now in such an autonomous fashion that they do not care if they expose their administrative and political leadership.”

source: radiobubble (in english)

The infomobile

... is like a “paper boat”. We chose this as a metaphor for what we want to create and for the situation of refugees and migrants in Greece. The paper boat is a folded boat able to swim – for a while. Then you have to build a new one to go on travelling. A paper boat is symbolic for the journey of life, vulnerable but in your own hands and to be recreated again and again. It is simple, but it carries many hopes and dreams. It can dance on a turbulent sea. It belongs to everybody. And it might become the small version – like a first draft – of a welcome-space.

Get in touch

email: infomobile.w2eu@gmail.com

RSS Clandestina

    Clandestina participates in the ‘Stop War On Migrants’ campaign. The campaign was initiated on October 2019, after the announcement of the new anti-immigration policy in Greece. This is the text that presented the new governmental policy on migration and called for launching the campaign (Oct. 2019): StopWar_leaflet_EN This is a presentation of the assembly of […]

RSS Group of Lawyers – Athens

    The GROUP OF LAWYERS FOR THE RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES advises you that legal counselling WILL NOT be provided anymore after 18th December 2018. You are therefore kindly requested to contact other organisations providing legal assistance. ________________________________________________________ Le GROUPE DES AVOCATS POUR LES DROITS DES MIGRANTS ET DES RÉFUGIÉS souhaite vous informer que

RSS the border is the problem