Turkish lawyer Ebry Timtik died late Thursday in an Istanbul hospital after having been on hunger strike for 238 days to protest the circumstances of her detention for terrorism, an allegation contested by colleagues, bar associations and humanitarian organizations.
“He has become a martyr,” confirmed his law firm, the People’s Law Office, on his Twitter account, recalling that the lawyer had started her hunger strike to demand “a fair trial” for her and her colleague Aytac In this situation, Unsal will declare to refuse her punishments.
Unsal has been in critical condition since last weekend and it is feared that he will suffer the same fate as his partner. At the moment he is also in the hospital. Istanbul Bar Association President Mehmet Durakoglu has warned that his life is “in great danger”.
An Istanbul court last year sentenced Unsal to more than 10 years in prison and Timtik to more than 13 years for its alleged relationship with the People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front Party (DHKP-C), a right-wing extremist organization that has labeled Turkey a terrorist group.