After spending 31 years in jail, prisoner sees his release date postponed again

An arbitrary change in the release date of Zeki Kayar caused protests. Kayar’s lawyers objected to the news release date that passed from 2025 to 2031.

Zeki Kayar was arrested on 23 November 1993 and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was given an additional prison sentence of 1 year and 6 months on top of his previous conviction. This sentence was approved in 2018 and affected Kayar's release process.

Kayar’s release date was postponed from 23 November 2023 to 5 January 2025, after the sentence was approved. However, after he was transferred to Adana-Kürkçüler F Type Closed Prison, his release date was changed to 2031.

Kayar’s lawyers applied to the Adana 1st High Criminal Court upon the new release date, but have not yet received a response. Kayar said that he would apply to the Constitutional Court if the situation is not corrected and requested support from civil society and human rights organizations.