The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rejected a health-related request to release a former Turkish Council of State judge-rapporteur who was detained for membership in Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ).
Former Judge-Rapporteur Ali Uluçay was arrested after being taken into custody within the scope of the investigation carried out by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office after the FETÖ-orchestrated failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016.
Uluçay submitted a request to ECtHR to be released, claiming that he has been experiencing health problems in prison and could not access necessary medical treatment or obtain his medicines regularly.
After receiving the request, the court requested information from the Ministry of Justice regarding the conditions of Uluçay's detention and his health status.
The Ministry of Justice sent information to the ECtHR detailing Uluçay's medical appointments and medications received during the duration of his stay at Sincan and Ereğli prisons.
Failing to see evidence supporting Uluçay's complaints, the ECtHR dismissed the defendant's request.
The ECtHR has requested information from the Turkish government regarding approximately 30 applications filed for release since July 15, 2016. Based on the information received from the Ministry of Justice, ECtHR has rejected 24 of these requests so far.
Among the defendants whose requests were rejected by the ECtHR are FETÖ-linked Cafer Tekin Ipek – the younger brother of Koza Ipek Holdings Chairman Hamdi Akın Ipek – and Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, former educators who went on hunger strike after being expelled from the profession due to suspected ties to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).
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