Buket Erdoğan, the daughter of the recently-deceased, former Supreme Court of Appeals member Mustafa Erdoğan said her lecturers as well as classmates would pretend not to see her at the university until her father passed away last week.
Imprisoned as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown, Erdoğan died in critical care at hospital just after being released from prison on judicial control on Aug 22. His family members earlier said that the medical reports showing the seriousness of his situation were ignored and the appeals for his release were rejected.
“Even my best friends stopped talking to me, thinking that they would get harmed. My professors at the school [Ankara University’s Faculty of Law] whom I used to get along with cut me dead. No one except some of my father’s brave friends dared to call us. My social circle has completely changed. Up until my father passed away,” Buket told Grihat online news platform.
Buket said Erdoğan’s last words before he died was: “I did nothing wrong. …One day the justice will be served.”
The former jurist was paralyzed after a cancer surgery on Dec. 30, 2016, according to his daughter.