Daughter of ill prisoner Mehmet Emin Özkan demands her father's release

Selma Özkan, the daughter of ill prisoner Mehmet Emin Özkan, who was unjustly arrested and has been in prison for nearly 30 years, demanded an end to this unlawfulness.

Mehmet Emin Özkan, 83, was arrested in 1996 after being associated with the murder of Brigadier General Bahtiyar Aydın in 1993 in the Lice district of Amed. Although it was proved that he had nothing to do with the Lice murder, he continued to be kept in prison unlawfully.

Ozkan, who fell seriously ill while in jail, suffered from various heart attacks. The 28th hearing of his retrial was held on 10 November at the Adana 7th High Criminal Court.

Özkan attended the hearing through the Audio and Visual Information System (SEGBİS) from Diyarbakır D Type Prison.

Ozkan said that he could not hear, because he also had difficulty hearing. Despite this, the court decided that Özkan's imprisonment would continue, while waiting for the outcome of the Lice Case at the İzmir 1st High Criminal Court.

Özkan's daughter, Selma Özkan, protested the decision and said: “We have nothing to say about this anymore. We have stated everything. They want my father to be released from prison in a coffin."

Selma Özkan said: “My father is imprisoned for the Lice murder. Everyone knows that my father had nothing to do with this killing. Although this has been proven, he is still not released. I want my father to be released so that this unlawfulness ends once and for all. I don't want my father to die in prison."