Manisa police chief suspended after probe into handcuffing of detainees

The Manisa police chief was temporarily suspended as part of an investigation launched into the handcuffing of detainees during an operation this week, the Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday.
Police officers on Monday handcuffed 26 people including lawyers, educators and headscarved women and paraded them on the street until they were escorted to police cars in an operation carried out against the faith-based Gandulen movement, popularly known as the Hizmet movement and inspired by the teachings of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen. The operation was performed on the charges of providing financial support to alleged members of the and”parallel structure,and” a term invented by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refer to the Hizmet movement.
Manisa Police chief Tayfur Erdal Ceren was suspended after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu ordered an investigation into police officers who took part in the operation for acting against laws and procedures during the detention of suspects in the operation. The prime minister reportedly said everyone should be treated in accordance with procedures designed by the laws and their fundamental rights should be protected. The handcuffed images of the suspects, in particular those of headscarf-wearing women, sparked public outcry. Some on social media contrasted the images in Manisa to one where a leading Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) suspect was pictured not handcuffed when he and his wife were taken into police custody. In July, alleged ISIL cell leader Halis Bayancuk, also known as Abu Hanzala, who has called for a holy war to be waged, was detained in Istanbul along with his wife. Bayancuk was arrested last year but was later released.
Police procedures require that handcuffs be placed on suspects only when he or she might flee or pose a physical threat to the safety of the police.


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