Under custody for four days as part of the government crackdown on the Gulen Movement, a Konya-based lawyer fainted on her way to the courthouse with her cuffed hands going viral on social media.
Konya police detained 12 lawyers and 2 bar association personnel, as part of an investigation into the movement which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 failed coup, August 23. Held under custody since then, detainees were brought to the courthouse for testimony, on Saturday.
One of the lawyers, known by initials M.G.K., fainted on her way to courthouse’s cell due to what many call unjust treatment under custody and long detention period.
Under State of Emergency rules announced following the coup attempt, Turkey extended the detention period in which suspects can be forced to stay behind bars for up to 30 days without charges.
While M.G.K. was released on probation along with four other lawyers and two bar staff, the remaining four lawyers were arrested after their testimonies.
Some 82,000 people have already been purged from state bodies, nearly 40,000 detained and 20,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.