FETÖ member's wife's appeal to top European human rights court denied
by Daily Sabah
ANKARAOct 04, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Oct 04, 2016 12:00 am
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has denied a request for release made by the wife of imprisoned Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) member and former judge, Mehmet Arslan. Emine Arslan, the wife of former judge Mehmet Arslan who worked in the province of Diyarbakır, appealed to the ECHR regarding her husband's arrest, claiming that her husband has been subjected to maltreatment while in prison and asserting that he is deliberately being held in the same prison cell with prisoners that he convicted previously.
Upon receiving the request for discharge, the ECHR submitted its own request to the Justice Ministry regarding the case. According to information obtained from the ministry, Arslan is currently being held at the Şanlıurfa Type-T Prison on charges of being a member of an armed terrorist organization.
The ministry denied the allegations, stating that the former judge is held in a cell with other members of FETÖ. After the Justice Ministry submitted the requested information to the ECHR, the request was denied due to a "lack of concrete evidence." FETÖ has been infiltrating key state institutions for the last 30 years, including positions within the judiciary, the police force and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The failed July 15 coup attempt resulted in the prompt dismissal of 2,847 judges and prosecutors from their positions by the HSYK for their alleged affiliation with the terror group.