´Israeli prison 5-star hotel compared to Syria jail´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roi Kais Published: 05.15.12, 17:35)
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Turkish journalist recently released from Syrian prison and formerly
held in Israel over participation in flotilla compares jailing
A Turkish journalist compared his experiences in Israeli and Syrian
jails having recently been released from a Syrian prison after a two-
month detention period.
Adam Özköse returned to Turkey on Monday and gave his account about
his incarceration experiences in Syria and Israel, where he was
briefly held in June 2010 together with other activists who arrived
in Israel on board the Marmara ship.
"Compared to Syria, Israeli prisons are 5-star hotels," he said.
Özköse said that in Syria, he slept on the prison´s floor and would
occasionally hear people screaming "either out of pain or over their
own tragic circumstances."
The Turkish journalist said that as an espionage suspect he was
interrogated while blindfolded. "All through the interrogations they
cursed the Turkish leaders, called them US collaborators and accused
them of betraying Syria," he said.
According to Arab media. Özköse was kidnapped in early March together
with fellow journalist Hamid Coskun, after the two entered Syrian
territory. They were detained by Assad loyalists who had randomly
detected them. Later, the two were transported to a prison in
Damascus via helicopter.
A day prior to their release Özköse and Coskun received a visit from
an Iranian senior official. According to Özköse, they were turned
over to the Iranians at the airport, flown to Tehran and eventually
returned to Turkey on a private jet.
A senior official at the Iranian embassy in Ankara confirmed that
Iran had played the role of mediator in the case.
Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition reported of the release of two
Iranians. However, the Iranian official stressed the two cases were
not connected. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/15/12)
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