Under arrest for nearly two months, Yeni Asya daily editor Nur Ener got married in Bakirkoy prison after a 10-minute ceremony with no attendance from family members of both fiance and herself, on Apr 27.
Ener was arrested over her alleged use of ByLock, a smartphone messaging application that Turkish government claims to be the top communication tool among the members of the Gülen movement. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, on Mar 5, this year.
Ener had had her wedding scheduled for an earlier time but she failed to make it through due to her arrest. A new date was booked by her fiancé Recep Kılınç only with a change in the venue.
“I feared that the prosecutor would ask me to get permission from the ministry. But that did not happen. He let us marry at 14.00 pm. I took a deep breath and got relaxed. I did not even dare to ask if parents are able to attend. Thus, they failed to attend. Even witnesses are not allowed from outside. We got married with two guards acting as witnesses,” Kilinc told Turkish media.
“I entered the prison along with a registrar. I saw Nur sitting near the wedding table. There were only 5 or 6 chairs and it was a simple table. All was done in 5-10 minutes,” he continued adding that prison guards did not let the new couple for a small talk after the wedding.