Yusuf Salduz was just 17 years old when he was arrested at an unlawful protest. He was also accused of writing a slogan on a banner.
Police interrogated Yusuf on the night of his arrest. No lawyer was present during the police interview because the offence fell under the remit of the state security courts. Yusuf admitted that he had taken part in the protest and had produced the banner.
Yusuf later retracted the statement he made to police, alleging that he had been forced to give it. He claimed he had been beaten and insulted while in police custody.
A Turkish court later relied mainly on Yusuf’s statements to the police when it convicted him and sentenced him to two and a half years in prison.