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Prison Assault Investigation in Turkey Leads to Suspensions, Lingering Questions

In a significant development surrounding the ‘assault attempt’ at Elazığ Prison in Turkey that unfolded on August 7th, six individuals have been placed on administrative leave. However, an air of mystery still shrouds the incident, as no official explanations have been provided.

Despite nearly a month passing since the shocking incident, authorities have remained tight-lipped, leaving the public in the dark about critical details. Key questions, including how the assault attempt transpired, the scope of the ongoing investigation, the motivation behind the attackers’ actions, and their potential connections, remain unanswered.

On the early morning of August 7, 2023, at approximately 3:00 AM, two individuals launched a violent attack at Elazığ Maximum Security Penitentiary Institution No. 1. Their assault left seven individuals injured, all bearing wounds from sharp objects. A delegation from the Diyarbakır Branch of the Human Rights Association (IHD), after meeting with the Elazığ Prison prosecutor and officials at the Elazığ Courthouse, has issued a statement shedding some light on the situation.

According to the IHD Diyarbakır Branch, the prosecutor confirmed that two individuals responsible for the attack and two victims have been transferred to different correctional facilities. Additionally, the Ministry of Justice has appointed inspectors to investigate the incident. This move comes alongside the initiation of administrative investigations against two prison deputy directors and four correctional officers, who have been placed on suspension. Both criminal and disciplinary investigations are underway to determine the perpetrators’ fate and responsibilities in this disturbing incident.

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