Ekrem Şahin, a 23-year-old Turkish national who was serving a two-year sentence in Denmark’s Kolding penitentiary has passed away after guards beat him into a coma.
On Tuesday, Ekrem Şahin's heart stopped due to a beating by prison guards and only began beating again due to the efforts by a doctor that arrived to the prison by ambulance.
Admitted to intensive care at the Odense University Hospital, doctors had little hope for Şahin's recovery. Expressing that they did not know how long his heart had stopped for, doctors said that even if he lived he would be permanently handicapped.
As his mother Nermin Kalkan and father Ömer Şahin as well as all of their close friends family waited to hear of any developments, they received the bad news at five am this morning. Both Şahin's mother and father had a nervous breakdown.
The Danish polish classified the event, which resulted in Ekrem Şahin going into a coma, as 'an ordinary, everyday event.' They only began to take action once the news began to hit the Turkish press and the Turkish Ambassador became involved. Still having not questioned the guards four days after the event transpired, Danish police have finally decided to take action and have initiated a widespread investigation into the incident in order to prevent it from escalating. The mourning family says they will be following up on the investigation, and Turkish-origin Social Democrat Party deputy Hüseyin Araç will also be providing the Ministry of Justice with a parliamentary query. Deputy Araç states that he will be closely following the event and will try to uncover what actually transpired.
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