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Jailed Turkish lawyer(Ebru Timtik) on 238 days hunger strike dies in hospital

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Jailed Turkish lawyer on 238 days hunger strike dies in hospital

A Turkish lawyer(Ebru Timtik) that was on hunger strike for 238 days following her conviction in 2014 for membership in a terrorist organisation died on Thursday in an Istanbul hospital, according to her law office.

The People’s Law Office claimed on Twitter that Ebru Timtik had been striking to demand a fair trial, which she died after her pulse had stopped earlier in the day.

Ebru Timtik

International lawyers rights organizations stated that Timtik, sentenced to more than 13 years in prison, and colleague Aytac Unsal started fasting in April “to enhance their demand for fair trials and the administration of justice in Turkey.”

The two lawyers had said they would “persist in their hunger strike even if it leads to their deaths,” according to the Aug. 11 declaration by the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, the International Association of Lawyers and also others.

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An appeal to the March 2019 judgment was rejected in October and an additional appeal prior to Turkey’s Supreme Court is pending, the declaration said.

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