Seventeen lawyers including Selçuk Kozağaçlı, president of the now-closed Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) have begun a hunger strike in protest of the difficulties they face during their trial.

Under arrest over terror charges since Nov, 2017, the lawyers are expected to appear before the court on Sept 10.

However, their demand to show up in the court in person were turned down due to several reasons like the long distance between courthouse and the prisons they are being held; security risks; and inadequate number of prison vehicles and staff.

Ordered to give their defense via video conference, the lawyers started a hunger strike in protest on Sept 3, according to media.

Kozağaçlı is a leading counsel who also represented Turkish educators Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who started a hunger strike in order to protest their dismissal under state of emergency decree-laws issued after a failed coup in Turkey last year, in their cases.