ISTANBUL, Aug 27 (Reuters) – A Turkish lawyer who was on hunger strike for 238 days following her conviction last year for membership in a terrorist organisation died on Thursday in an Istanbul hospital, according to her law firm.
The People’s Law Firm istanbul Office said on Twitter that Ebru Timtik had been striking to demand a fair trial, and that she died after her pulse had stopped earlier in the day.
International lawyers rights groups said that Timtik, sentenced to more than 13 years in prison, and colleague Aytac Unsal began fasting in April “to strengthen their demand for fair trials and the administration of justice in Turkey.”
The two lawyers had said they would “persist in their hunger strike even if it leads to their deaths,” according to the Aug.Here is more info on Turkish Lawyer Law Firm look into our own web site. 11 statement by the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, the International Association of Lawyers and others.
(Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Richard Chang)