TURKEY: Sergeants on Trial (Contd.)

Seven weeks ago, when Turkish police arrested four U.S. sergeants stationed at NATO's southeastern headquarters in Izmir for alleged currency violations, U.S. Consul in Izmir Donald B. Eddy publicly pooh-poohed reports that two of the sergeants had been tortured into making confessions. Informed that a senior U.S. officer in the NATO command had supported the brutality charges, Eddy firmly informed newsmen: "In my opinion it is impossible for a responsible American officer to make such a statement." Last week the Izmir public prosecutor's office formally charged Police Inspector Yilmaz Capin and Policeman Ilhan Suyolcu with mistreating the protesting sergeants during...

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