Lawyer Timtik's cousin says hospital is even worse than prison
Şimal Deniz, Timtik’s cousin, who stayed with Timtik as a companion for 8 days, drew attention to the fact that the conditions at the hospital are worse than those in prison.
Lawyer Ebru Timtik, who has been on death fast for 224 days demanding a fair trial, was not released despite the report by the Forensic Medicine Institute (ATK) stated she could not stay in prison.
She has been kept in poor conditions for 14 days at Bakırköy Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, since she had been forcibly hospitalized.
Şimal Deniz, Timtik’s cousin, who stayed with Timtik as a companion for 8 days, drew attention to the fact that the conditions at the hospital are worse than those in prison. Deniz spoke to ANF and said that they had to struggle even to buy bottles of water and glasses.
Stating that a light in the room was deliberately left on in the evenings, Deniz said: "We cannot turn off the light, nor the ventilation. Just because of this, Ebru cannot take a bath or she would get ill. The ventilation was turned off only 2-3 times. The gendarmes (military police) always enter and leave the room without wearing shoe covers. Ebru cannot drink water in plastic and cardboard glasses because she is sensitive to smell. Therefore, we requested glass or porcelain glasses but we could only get one glass in 10 days. They did not even give a spoon. We also had to discuss about hot water. The prison attendant filled the hot water from another room and brought it. We asked her to wear gloves over and over, but she disregarded this and brought the water in an open-top glass, open to all kinds of bacteria. While they are supposed to give the sugar in a sealed package because of the epidemic threat, they put it in the box and bring it every day. They give the medicine every day in a napkin or a little bag which we don’t know whether it is clean or not."
Deniz said that Timtik was subjected to a very intense psychological pressure in addition to these bad conditions. She told that nurses and doctors constantly put pressure on Timtik, telling her ‘Come on, take the medicine, let's see. Take the salt".
Deniz added that the hospital staff “wants to take everything under control and come and check on her all the time; "They constantly disturb and wake her up. They are constantly asking if she will accept the intervention. Although she has been on death fast for 224 days, they offer breakfast, food and bread. They are constantly manoeuvring to break her will. They're using every pretext. However, they accept the belongings coming from prison but they want a petition to be written for them.”
Stating that Timtik does not trust the hospital at all, Deniz added that she is trying to stand firm against possible force feeding, although her health condition is getting worse by the day. Reminding that Ebru Timtik's only request is to end this unlawfulness and have a fair trial, her cousin Deniz emphasized that both lawyers (Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal) on death fast should be released immediately.