Turk's death in Belgium caused by prison guards
The death of a Turkish-born prisoner in a Belgian jail has provoked a wave of anger in his own country.
"An autopsy showed that the death was as a result of the intervention from prison guards," Charleroi public prosecutor Christian De Valkeneer said to the Belgian media. "It remains to be seen whether the force used was proportional."
Belgian judicial authorities have opened an enquiry into the death of 31 year old Mikail Tekin at Jamioulx prison near Charleroi in southern Belgium.
Tekin, who suffered serious psychiatric problems, had become agitated and had to be transferred to a padded cell, the authorities said. It is said to have taken three prison guards to subdue the 1.90 metre tall man who weighed 100 kg.
Prison officials iniatially denied that his death was linked to the guards' actions but Tekin’s relatives said that his body showed signs of a beating.
In Turkey the media has complained of "torture methods" in Belgian prisons.
In an effort to clarify the chain of events leading up to the man’s death, the prosecutor has arranged a reconstruction at the prison, insisting on "the presumption of innocence" for the guards.
The other guards at Jamioulx prison held a 24 hour strike on Tuesday afternoon in solidarity with their three colleagues.
The head of the Turkish parliament's human rights committee, Zafer Uskul, has written a letter to the Belgian parliament asking for details of the circumstances of the prisoner's death.
The dead man's body was flown to Turkey on Wednesday for burial in the central town of Sivas where he was born.
EU candidate nation Turkey is often criticised for its own system of incarceration, portrayed memorably in the 1970s book and film Midnight Express.