Activist in solidarity with lawyers on death fast detained
Turkish police arrested an activist who has been on hunger strike in solidarity with imprisoned lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal on death fast.
44 years old Ertunç Pektaş has been on a hunger strike since 1 August in solidarity with imprisoned lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal who have been on death fast for months demanding a fair trial and are in life-threatening conditions at the moment.
Although the forensic medicine has determined that the two lawyers are not fit to be imprisoned, a legal application for their release was rejected. Since Thursday the two lawyers have been in hospital against their will. They are threatened with forced feeding, which could have fatal consequences.
Pektaş, who lives in İncirliova district of Aydın, was taken into custody by the police on 2 August. He is accused of “being member and spreading propaganda of an illegal organization”.
The activist was reportedly battered by the police during detention and taken to Aydın provincial security directorate. He is expected to appear before court today.