Statement of Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) on the detention and torture of their member, lawyer Aytaç Ünsal


Our member, Aytaç Ünsal, who suspended the death fast with the demand for a fair trial on the 215th day, on 4 September 2020, was detained in Edirne on 9 December.

He was subjected to torture during his detention, resulting in wounds on his face and arms. Ünsal, who had a decision to postpone the execution for 1 year due to his inability to stay in prison, was sent to prison for the execution of his final sentence on the evening of December 10, on the grounds that he “violated the decision to postpone the execution”.
During her detention, Aytaç Ünsal was not allowed to procure the drugs he used for treatment.

Our colleagues were told that the reason for the 48-hour detention decision was due to a new investigation. However, when they went to the courthouse to examine the investigation file, although there was no decision for restriction on the file, it was not shown, and our colleagues were threatened and insulted.

The decision to postpone the execution of Aytaç Ünsal is not a judicial control decision, so it is obvious that leaving Istanbul will not constitute a violation.

However, Ünsal was taken into custody without any concrete and legal justification for the violation and the execution of his final sentence has begun.

Despite the medical report stating that our member Aytaç Ünsal, who was sentenced to prison at the end of an unlawful trial and was sent to prison on the grounds that he “violated the suspension of execution” and was subjected to torture in custody, and the current pandemic conditions in prisons, it is unacceptable to begin the execution of his sentence on an unlawful basis.

Our colleague should be released immediately.



Translation: Anadolu News Blog