Deceased jurist’s daughter says parliamentarians, media ignored calls for help

Buket Erdoğan, the daughter of the recently-deceased jurist Mustafa Erdoğan said the deputies as well as the newspapers she tried to reach out to help her father ignored her calls.

A former Supreme Court of Appeals member, Mustafa Erdoğan was imprisoned over his links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

He died in critical care just after being released from a prison-like, guarded hospital room on Aug 22. His family members earlier said that the medical reports showing the criticality of his situation were ignored and the appeals for his release were rejected.

“My father was kept in that cell for 9 months. Whenever doctors came for control, guardians had to unlock 4 doors,” his daughter said.

Paralyzed after a cancer surgery on Dec. 30, 2016, Erdoğan lost his consciousness on Aug. 12 this year but the court decided his release from the guarded cell to a regular hospital room only after 4 days. “Then we lost my father on Aug 22,” she added.

Asked if she sought help, Buket Erdoğan said: “I tried to reach out to newspapers and deputies. The deputies have neither picked up my phones nor answered my emails. The newspapers slurred it over by telling me that they would look into the story.”

Only a local newspaper wrote about it, Buket Erdoğan said, adding: “We wanted the national dailies to hear us out but they did not want to do so.” (

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