As of the moment 17 Turkish lawyers are under police custody in four different provinces.
Eight lawyers have been under police custody since 1st of November in Kastamonu, and a lawyer has been under police custody since 2nd of November in Batman.
Today, seven woman lawyers were detained in the province of Erzurum and also lawyer Selcuk Kozagacli who is the president of Progressive Lawyers Association that is shut down with an emergency decree was detained in Istanbul.
Selçuk Kozağaçlı, who is one the most respected human rights defender of Turkey, has been representing the Soma Mine Disaster Victims, hunger strike activists Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakça and many other persecuted people.
It is reported that Mr. Kozagacli was battered while he was taken into custody and now He is on hunger strike to protest unlawful detention.
Mr. Kozagacli revealed during the Ankara Bar Association’s general assembly on Oct. 16 that people imprisoned as part of a government crackdown on the Gülen movement are being systematically tortured in the most barbaric ways including rape, removal of nails and the insertion of objects into their anuses.
“They remove the nails of colleagues [during detention] at police stations. Believe me; I saw people who underwent a colostomy after they were tortured with objects inserted into their anuses in prison and police stations,” said Kozağaçlı.
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