In Turkey, while the rights of the judges under arrest such as members of the Court of Cassation, the Council of state, and the Constitutional Court were being violated with full throttle, news of the other drama came. Turkey’s leading human rights defenders Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu shared a tweet on his Twitter account. According to the tweet, the requests of Ibrahim Tufan Ataman a member of the Court of Cassation under arrest were declined throughout the 2.5 years. Mr. Ataman requested release from jail citing that his wife who was cancer was under severe disease and on the verge of death.
His request was accepted after his wife lost her consciousness. Mr. Ataman was released on December 13, 2018, and his beloved wife Ilhan Ataman passed away on December 19, 2018.
Gergerlioglu shared the drama on his social media account, as follows:
“Not convinced, release on the deathbed… İlhan ATAMAN, the wife of İbrahim Tufan ATAMAN a member of the Court of Cassation (Yargıtay) under arrest, passed away yesterday. Although his wife was seriously ill, he had not been released for months. He was released after she lost her consciousness and was taken into intensive care, but it was too late.”
Ataman one of the thousands of judges and prosecutors who have been detained contrary to the law and procedure necessary for the prosecution of members of the Court of Cassation and solely on illegally pre-determined lists was in solitary confinement for 2.5 years like the others following the July 15 coup attempt Ataman has been tried on charges of ‘being alleged FETÖ member which is used as a pretext by the government for dismissal of judges and prosecutors.