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Prosecutors in Istanbul have charged sixty police officers and guards, accused
Prosecutors in Istanbul have charged sixty police officers and guards, accused of murdering a Turkish human rights activist, who died in custody after reportedly being beaten, local media said on Tuesday.

Engin Ceber, 29, was arrested in September after he issued a press release over a shooting of another human rights activist by the police. He was later sent to the Metris Prison, in Istanbul, and died from a brain hemorrhage on October 7 after reportedly being beaten in police custody.

The suspects, including 13 police officers stationed in Istanbul, will stand trial on January 21 accused of "torturing an individual." Prosecutors are demanding life sentences for four of them, and a 10-year prison term for 56 others.

Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin publicly apologized to Ceber's family, "admitting that ministerial inspectors had found evidence he was tortured in prison," Hurriyet.com.tr has reported.

Amnesty International criticized the human rights record of Turkey, a country aspiring to join the EU, saying the death was "further proof that torture and ill treatment are rife in places of detention in Turkey."

Turkey's human rights fund said in its October report that 29 people had died in prison or in custody since the start of the year.


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