CAT/C/21/D/101/1997 page 3 2.2. In 1985 the author was arrested together with his brother and kept in detention without a trial in Pram Palace prison, Adiyaman, for a period of 40 days, during which he was subjected to torture. He was beaten with fists, truncheons and other objects on his back, lower legs, face and the soles of his feet. He also received electric shocks. 2.3. After his release the author continued his political activities, of which he claims the Turkish authorities were aware. Whenever there was a clash between the PKK and Turkish police or military near the author's village he was arrested, kept in detention, interrogated for a couple of hours and then released. He was beaten and insulted in order to force him to cooperate with the Turkish authorities and to reveal names of PKK sympathizers. Following one of those clashes between the PKK and the security forces in March 1990 in a neighbouring village, the author was informed that his name had been revealed to the authorities. He then fled, together with his father, his brother and other inhabitants of his village, to the mountains. From there, he received help from the PKK to flee the country. He arrived in Sweden via Romania, where he stayed for one and a half months. 2.4. The author arrived in Sweden on 7 July 1990 and immediately applied for asylum. On 20 June 1991 the National Immigration Board rejected his application. His appeal was subsequently rejected by the Aliens Appeal Board on 1 December 1992. A so-called “new application” was turned down by the Aliens Appeal Board on 23 November 1994, and two further “new applications” were rejected on 29 April 1996 and 15 November 1996, respectively. 2.5. The author went into hiding and in December 1996, the immigration authorities' decision to expel the author could no longer be enforced due to the statute of limitation. A new asylum procedure was then initiated. On 2 October 1997, the National Immigration Board rejected the author’s new request for asylum. His appeal was subsequently rejected by the Aliens Appeal Board on 27 November 1997. Another “new application” was turned down on 19 December 1997. The complaint 3.1. In view of his political activities, the author claims that there exist substantial grounds to believe that he would be subjected to torture if he were to be returned to Turkey. His forced return would therefore constitute a violation by Sweden of article 3 of the Convention against Torture. 3.2. Counsel provides a medical report from the Center for Torture and Trauma Survivors in Stockholm indicating that the author suffers from a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He states that the report neither confirms nor denies that the author has been subjected to physical torture. However, the medical experts underline that the forms of torture which the author claims he was subjected to do not necessarily leave physical marks. 3.3. In support of the author’s claim, reference is made to a letter from the UNHCR Regional Office in Stockholm in which it is stated that it is essential to find out whether Turkish asylum-seekers who are returned would be at risk

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