“Ebru fell to 35 kilos. Go to her. Look after her. Don’t let her be isolated there. We will win,” Aytaç said in his message.

Death fasting lawyer Aytaç Ünsal has sent a message from the hospital he is held in İstanbul.

He said he felt good and wouldn’t give up the resistance.

Demanding their right to a fair trial, Lawyers Aytaç Ünsal have been on a death fast for 185 and 216 days, respectively. They were hospitalized on July 31 although they stated that they wouldn’t accept medical intervention. Timtik is at Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital in Bakırköy district and Ünsal is at Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Training and Research Hospital in Küçükçekmece district.

“They are committing a crime,” Ünsal said in the note he sent through his companion.

“We will resist until the end. Let’s grow our anger, grow our resistance. I know you are curious about me. I am fine. I am full of determination, the hunger of the 83 million for justice. I will never give up standing against injustice. They won’t be able to silence the honest people of this country anymore.

“Friends, Ebru, the flower of justice, fell to 35 kilos. Go to her. Look after her. Don’t let her be isolated there. We will win.”

What happened?

Announcing its verdict in the lawsuit filed against ÇHD lawyers on March 20, the court ruled that the lawyers should be sentenced to 3 years, 1 month, 15 days to 18 years, 9 months in prison.

The 2nd Penal Chamber of the İstanbul Regional Court of Justice rejected the objections and sent the file to the Court of Cassation.

The Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Court of Cassation expressed the opinion that the prison sentences of all lawyers, except for the one given to lawyer Barkın Timtik, be upheld.

The letter of notification only indicated that the prison sentence of 18 years, 9 months given to Barkın Timtik for “establishing and leading an organization” as per the Article 314/1 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) should be overturned and he should also be penalized for “membership of an organization” like other lawyers.

The letter of notification issued by the prosecutor’s office has been sent to the 16th Penal Chamber of the Court of Cassation.

Lawyer Ebru Timtik, an executive of the ÇHD, and lawyer Aytaç Ünsal, a member of the ÇHD, went on a death fast for the right to a fair trial on January 2 and February 2, respectively.

The İstanbul Forensic Medicine Institution released its first report on the health conditions of death-fasting arrested lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal on July 30 and, for both of them, the Forensic Medicine Institution said that “it was not suitable for them to stay in prison.”

After this report was issued in early morning hours, the attorneys of Timtik and Ünsal submitted a petition to İstanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court, presenting both this medical report and their request for release. 152 petitions written by lawyers abroad and petitions signed by dozens of lawyers in Turkey requesting their release were also added.

Examining the application of the attorneys, the İstanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court has ruled that the arrest of lawyers Timtik and Ünsal shall continue. The court has also ruled that “a writ shall be written to the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office so that the necessary can be done to urgently ensure their medical follow-up and treatment in hospital conditions.”

Shortly aftet the court’s ruling, the lawyers were hospitalized. Previously in Silivri Prison, Timtik was taken to at Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital in Bakırköy district and Ünsal was taken to Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Training and Research Hospital in Küçükçekmece district from Burhaniye Prison.

Their attorneys submitted an appeal to İstanbul 38th Heavy Penal Court against the rejection of the release request.

The ÇHD lawyers’ case is currently in examination at the 16th Penal Chamber of the Court of Cassation.

Bianet – 05.08.2020

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