Family of fasting lawyer calls on people to raise their voice

The demands of lawyers Aytaç Ünsal and Ebru Timtik, who have been on hunger strike since 5 February demanding a fair trial, have not been met yet.

Lawyers Aytaç Ünsal and Ebru Timtik have been on hunger strikes since 5 February, demanding a fair trial. Timtik's family called on people to raise their voice.

Both lawyers went on hunger strike on February 5, 2020, demanding "the right to a fair trial". They then turned the hunger strike into a death fast on 5 April, International Lawyers Day.

So far the demands of the lawyers have not been answered and Ebru Timtik's family issued a new written statement.

The family recalled that the lawyers were released during the trial, but were arrested again when a new arrest warrant was issued. "They have sentenced Barkın Timtik to 18 years 9 months, her older sister Ebru Timtik to 13 years 6 months and Aytaç Ünsal to 10 years, without even listening their defense. In total the lawyers were sentenced to 159 years in prison."

Stating that Ebru Timtik is losing weight very quickly during the death fast, the family said: "We learned that her health is getting worse, she had difficulty in speaking at the last meeting with her lawyer, and joint pain increased. We are watching with concern the spread of Covid-19 in Silivri Prison and at the fact that no precautions have been taken."

The statement also reminded that Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal have been defense lawyers in important and delicate cases such as the Soma and Ermenek mining disasters, Çorlu train massacre. They have also been the lawyers of Ali Ismail Korkmaz, Dilek Doğan, Berkin Elvan.

The family of Timtik said: "Their crime is that they are defending the class of the oppressed people. Ebru and Aytaç are demanding that the 16th Criminal Division of the Supreme Court of Appeals read and conclude their files as soon as possible. Our task today is to take care of our lawyers and to share their struggles for a fair trial. We can only make our children live if we claim their demands and make their voice heard."