Release of 30-year seriously ill prisoner postponed second time

  • actual
  • 16:23 19 February 2024
  • |
img
ISTANBUL - The release of Soydan Akay, a seriously ill prisoner who spent 30 years in solitary cell for 5 years, was postponed for 6 months for the second time due to "not being well behaved".
 
Lawyers for Freedom Association (OHD) Istanbul Branch held a press conference at the association building in Beyoğlu for seriously ill prisoner Soydan Akay. Akay’s family also attended to the press conference. Akay, who is in Marmara No. 9 Type F High Security Prison, was supposed to be released on February 12 but Akay’s release was postponed for 6 months on the grounds of "not being well behaved". 
 
CONVERSATIONS ARE RECORDED
 
Lawyer Berivan Bekçi reminded that Akay's release was postponed for 6 months in August and emphasized that he has been held in solitary cell since 2018. Bekçi said: “Since April 2018, the recording of camera recordings of lawyers' meetings has been restricted with the decision 'to record his meetings with his lawyers and to have an officer present so that his conversations can be heard during the meeting'. Restriction decisions have been based on the same copy-paste abstract justifications for 6 years, and Akay has been subjected to arbitrary rights. At the same time, Akay has been under the intensive care of the prison administration for 6 years."
 
Bekçi reminded that despite this intense surveillance, the Administration and Observation Board "decided to leave the organization on which Akay was convicted" and said that this was against the normal course of the situation. Bekçi said that, as OHD, they will legally pursue any arbitrary practices given to prisoners and the decisions of the Administration and Observation Board.
 
'THERE IS ENTRY TO THE PRISON, NO EXIT'
 
Akay's lawyer Esra Bilen said: “There is entry into the prison, but there is no exit from the prison. Entry to prison is made by a judge or court decision. However, leaving the prison is prevented by administrative boards that cannot make legal evaluations and have no legal credibility."
 
'OUR FAMILY IS ALSO BEING PUNISHED'
 
Akay's nephew Kıvılcım Akay stated that the family was also punished after the release decision was overturned. Akay said: “It is a slow and difficult process for us. I have been in this process since my childhood and now I am an adult, it is really hard for us to see that things have not changed in the country and are getting worse."
 
OHD Istanbul Branch Co-chair Ishak Demirel also stated that the Administration and Observation Board was included within the scope of the law in a planned manner in order to prevent the release of political prisoners.
 
WHAT HAPPENED?
 
Cancer patient Soydan Akay, who was supposed to be released on August 11, 2023, was postponed for 6 months by the decision of the Administration and Observation Board, on the grounds that he was "not being well behaved". Although Akay was supposed to be released on February 12, 2024, his release was postponed a second time on the grounds that he was "not being well behaved". Although Akay was not sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment, he has been held in solitary cell since April 2018.
 
Again, since April 2018, Akay's meetings have been recorded within the scope of the decision "to record his meetings with his lawyers and to have an officer present so that his conversations can be heard during the meeting".
 

View More Articles

11:17 No news from journalist Suleyman Ahmet for 179 days
11:16 Prisoners protest for freedom of Abdullah Ocalan
11:12 Ill prisoners have not been treated for 3 years
10:35 Muslim: PKK is an excuse, the target is Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah
19/04/2024
14:02 Families apply to go to Imrali
13:48 Peshmerga being killed in Turkish attack
13:47 Hatimoğulları: Election results increased our hope
13:37 Halise Aksoy releases
12:41 Prisoners protest for freedom of Abdullah Ocalan
12:28 No news from journalist detained by KDP intelligence
12:24 Justice Watch: Our struggle will continue
18/04/2024
13:26 'I am a respectable person' defense from soldier who arrested for sexual assault
13:02 Application to meet to Abdullah Ocalan from lawyers
12:47 No news from journalist Ahmet for 177 days
12:45 Prisoners protest for freedom of Abdullah Ocalan
12:44 'Let's be a partner the resistance of the prisoners'
12:00 Journalist Oynas: Resistance against oppression in prison has increased
11:02 International 'Dialogue with Ocalan' event days
16/04/2024
16:50 Imprisonmen review wii be held tomorrow in Kobanê Case
15:58 ‘Their demands are our demands’
13:59 No news from journalist for 175 days
12:51 Prisoners protest for freedom of Abdullah Ocalan
10:09 Çarşema Sor celebration in Wêranşar
09:13 Imrali letter to CPT from 91 institutions and names
15/04/2024
17:17 Debt left by Sêrt trustee: 456 million Liras
17:16 Book of chords selected pieces from last 13 years Kurdish music published
16:59 From Temelli to parties in Parliament: It's time to learn lessons
16:03 Iran massacred 2 kolbars
14:20 'Our growing struggle will break the isolation'
13:26 'War cabinet' meets in Israel
13:04 Supreme Court elections in 17th round
12:18 Motion to ban trade between Turkey and Israel
12:10 Air attack on Biradost
12:05 Male violence: 1 woman murdered, 1 woman seriously injured
11:59 Justice Watch action moves to different stage
11:56 Prisoner in action: Make our voices heard
11:01 Botan Valley takes on spring colors
10:52 Prisoners protest for freedom of Abdullah Ocalan
10:51 No news from journalist detained by KDP intelligence
14/04/2024
14:07 Israel: Iran attacked with approximately 290 missiles and UCAV
14:04 Israel made a call: The UN Security Council is meeting today
13:48 Turkey bombed two villages in Metîna
13:45 No news from journalist Suleyman Ahmet for 173 days
13:44 Jin Magazine published with title 'Women's united freedom struggle and the Third Way'
13:34 Prisoners protest for freedom of Abdullah Ocalan
13:32 Child arrested without examination report returned from prison gate
13/04/2024
10:46 Detention for sharing posts about trade with Israel
10:19 Prisoners protest for freedom of Abdullah Ocalan
10:15 No news from journalist Suleyman Ahmet for 172 days
10:12 Journalist Işık: Erdogan looking a leg to stand on with international talks