January 1, 2018
An İstanbul lawyer, identified only by the initials O.E.H., was put in pretrial detention along with her 3-month-old baby as part of an investigation into the faith-based Gülen movement, local media reported.
According to the TR724 online news website, O.E.H. went to the Tokat police station upon a Dec. 27 call regarding a probe. The prosecutor in charge requested her arrest, claiming that she might try to avoid investigation although O.E.H. had voluntarily complied with the police notice.
TR724 reported that O.E.H. was put in pretrial detention on Dec. 29 with her 3-month-old baby after spending two days in police custody.
More than 17,000 women in Turkey, many with small children, have been jailed in an unprecedented crackdown and subjected to torture and ill-treatment in detention centers and prisons as part of the government’s systematic campaign of intimidation and persecution of critics and opponents, a report titled “Jailing Women In Turkey: Systematic Campaign of Persecution and Fear” released in April by SCF has also revealed. At least 700 children under the age of 6 have accompanied a parent in jail as they had no one to look after them on the outside.
According to data compiled by independent monitoring site The Arrested Lawyers’ Initiative, 565 lawyers have been arrested as of November 28, 2017 since July 15, 2016 and 1,448 lawyers were under prosecution as of Oct. 27, 2017.