I Was Beaten and Locked in a Turkish Hell-Hole with Murderers and Rapists; NIGHTMARE: Family Man Relives Ordeal after Arrest at Gunpoint

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I Was Beaten and Locked in a Turkish Hell-Hole with Murderers and Rapists; NIGHTMARE: Family Man Relives Ordeal after Arrest at Gunpoint


Byline: Mike Malyon

FAMILY man Yunus Khan is back at his Nuneaton home after an eightmonth nightmare in Turkey during which he was arrested at gunpoint, beaten by police and thrown into prison.

The 47-year-old mechanic was accused of trying to exchange fake money while on holiday with his wife, two daughters and young niece.

He was locked up - alongside murderers and rapists - before being dramatically freed when a judge eventually threw out the allegations.

"It has been the most terrifying experience of my life," said Mr Khan at his Gadsby Street home.

"I had done absolutely nothing wrong but I was treated like the worst kind of criminal. There were times when I wondered if the nightmare would ever end." Kenyan-born Mr Khan flew to Turkey last July with his wife Anar, teenage daughters Sophiya and Mehnaaz and eight-year-old niece Henna for a fortnight's stay at the family's semi-detached holiday home in Akbuk, which they bought three years ago.

But the holiday turned into a personal hell when Mr Khan was detained after trying to change pounds 100 in sterling notes at a beachside bureau de change in Altinkum.

"The money was from a cash sale of a car that I restored and sold to a man for pounds 2,800," said Mr Khan.

"I had not checked the notes closely and when the police told me they were counterfeit I could not believe it. My blood just ran cold and my stomach was churning." Arrested at gunpoint, Mr Khan says he was subjected to a beating from police who tried to force him to sign some forms.

He said: "I refused and was put in handcuffs before being taken away and locked in a cell. I was very scared and you can imagine the state my family were in because they also did not have a clue what was going on." Mr Khan appeared in court and was allowed out for a fleeting reunion with his family but was immediately re-arrested and detained at Soke Prison without charge. …

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