Saying that he recognized the young man from his voice, Ozmen explained that his son Muhammed Mehdi Ozmen, a high school student, joined PKK on December 5th, 2015. Ozmen said he had not heard from his son since then.
Fevzi Ozmen told the Human Rights Association of Amed (IHD) that when he went to the police to ask for help to find his son, the police said: “we wouldn’t know” and directed him to the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor’s office was not willing to help either, that’s when he decided to ask IHD’s help.
“Dead or alive, I want to find my son.”
Ozmen asking for legal help from the non-profit said that he has no idea whether his son was arrested or was killed. “Dead or alive, I want to find my son. I want the state to tell me where my son is,” he said, adding: “The world needs to see the injustice in Turkey, the way we treat children. Did my son deserve this torture? There is nothing like this happening somewhere else in the world. Does this happen in Israel?”
“If someone knows where the video was taken, please let us know.”
Saying that the watching the video broke his heart Ozmen asked for help: “I will look for my son until the day I die. We do not know where the video was shot. If anyone knows, please let us know.”
What had happened?
On December 2016, a video appeared on social media showing five soldiers beating up a young man. The video was shared with the title: “Soldiers are giving a good lesson to a PKK member.” The young man in the video was screaming “Sir, please stop.” The video also shows that following the young man’s cry for help, the person recording the video asks another soldier to hold the camera and joins in beating the young man as well.
By Denizalp Göktaş