Recordings of torture erased in Nusaybin

The security camera recordings that showed detainees being tortured in Nusaybin have been erased.

70 people, including 17 minors, had been detained on May 26, 2016 during the genocidal attacks and curfew in Mardin’s Nusaybin district. The detainees filed complaints for torture and an investigation was launched by the Nusaybin Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.


The Nusaybin Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office Preparations Bureau wrote to the Nusaybin Police Directorate on June 21, 2016 and requested the security camera recordings of the holding cell where 12 minors were tortured.

The scandalous response the prosecutor’s office received was as follows: “The recording system set up in our Minors Department Directorate makes automatic recordings and resets when its memory is full. As such, it has been seen in a check performed today that all recordings before June 30, 2016 have been automatically erased due to the system resetting itself. As of the current date, recordings for the requested date are not present in our system.”