Former opposition MP’s family calls for an end to imprisonment

Family of Eren Erdem, a journalist and former lawmaker of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), called on Turkish authorities to put an end to their son’s pre-trial detention, T24 news site reported on Friday.

The family said in an open letter that they are missing their son who has been kept in jail for 11 months, and the feast of Ramadan is approaching.

“We are full citizens of Anatolia. We cannot call on [Germany’s] Merkel or tweet [the US’] Trump to pay for our son’s imprisonment, nor can we pay the huge sum of money to FETO [in an effort to free our son]. We can only share our struggle, in search for justice, with our society, and ask for solidarity,” the letter read.

The family claim that there are no legitimate reasons for the imprisonment of dissidents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“We call on Turkey’s upstanding people. We call for rights, law, and justice,” the letter ended.

Erdem was jailed in June 2018 over links to the Gulen Movement, which Ankara deems a terrorist organization, with the accusation of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016, based on a tip-off by a secret witness. However, the witness denied the allegations in the first hearing of Erdem’s trial, claiming pressure to slander.

The court ruled unanimously for his release in the second hearing for lack of evidence. However, CHP’s Erdem was again unlawfully detained by a ruling of the same court at the door of the prison while leaving, even though there was no official document, information or evidence in the case, the family claimed.

Erdem faces a sentence of up to 19 years for allegedly supporting a terrorist organization, revealing the identity of a secret witness, and violating the confidentiality of a criminal investigation by revealing illegal wiretap recordings while he was the editor of the critical daily Karsi.

In January, in protest to what Erdem called “tyrant circumstances” to which he was subjected, he launched an indefinite “justice fasting” following the rejection of his appeal regarding his pre-trial detention.

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