Feb 08 2018

Turkish governor accused of abduction, torture

(Updates)

The Turkish Ministry of the Interior has launched an investigation into the governor of the Kırklareli province in western Turkey over allegations that he kidnapped and tortured a woman in May 2017, the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet reported.

The woman, identified by the newspaper only as Meltem Ö., 48, told ministry investigators that Kırklareli Governor Orhan Çiftçi, whom it said she had an affair with, abducted her and battered her with four other men, the news report said.

According to the documents obtained by the newspaper, Meltem Ö. obtained a restraining order against the governor, saying she was a victim of domestic abuse after their two-year relationship.

A security camera recording from May 8, published by Hürriyet, allegedly showed a man next to the governor punching the woman in a parking lot, and then forcing her into a car.

A witness reportedly told the police that he heard a woman shouting and begging to be freed, at the time of the incident.

Governor Çiftçi on Thursday denied all accusations in a press statement.

Meltem Ö., speaking to the Turkish press, denied having a romantic relationship with the governor, saying she had asked for his help after losing her job in 2016.