Israel extends custody of Turkish aid worker

Israeli court extended the custody of Turkish aid volunteer for 8 days in a move that lawyers said politically motivated.

Israel extends custody of Turkish aid worker

 

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli court extended the custody of Turkish aid volunteer for another 8 days in a move that lawyers said politically motivated.

Military court of Israel extended IHH's West Bank representative Izzet Sahin's custody for 8 days.

Sahin's lawyers marked court's decision as a completely political one. Noting that the justice in Israel has come to a point of non-existence, the lawyers added "Turkey should exert political pressure in order to claim Sahin's freedom back".

Third court hearing for Izzet Sahin who has been under arrest since the end of April was held in Israeli military court, Salem Shumrun. The court have postponed the hearing to the 20th of May.

Turkish lawyers Cihat Gokdemir and Gulden Sonmez accused the court for acting political in reaction to the decision.

"The case here is not of a judicial one. Israeli Military Intelligence has been exerting pressure on the court to hinder Izzet Sahin's release. If Turkey does not put political pressure on Israel, Sahin will not be released. We now understand that there is nothing much that we can do in legal terms" said Gokdemir.

Despite not being a convict, Sahin has been kept in a 4.5 m2 room in isolation for 17 days, Gokdemir said.

"They keep Sahin's hands tied and his eyes covered with his feet in chains. Sahin is kept in a 4.5 m2 cell, with walls not possible to lean against, without a bed to lie on."

He went on to say "In Turkey, a person is required to commit a very serious crime against the rules in prison to be put into a cell such as this one, even then, convict's time in the cell cannot exceed 7 days. What Israel has been doing is completely against international laws of human rights.

Gokdemir said that Sahin has begun feeling little bit better once he met the lawyers from Turkey, he added "Israeli security staff did not even give water to Izzet Sahin during the first 30 hours following his arrest, let alone food. Our visit to Sahin led to a great improvement in his morale. He pulled himself back together."

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