7 Kasım 2014 Cuma

Invalid Jailed by Handicapped Judicial System

turkce links to original Turkish article

(Sozcu and Hurriyet Newspapers, 6 November 2014)

Cezaevine kucakta girdi
      Justice delivered - the show must go on.

Turgut Bekar (31) was paralyzed from the neck down after an auto
accident in Izmir but before that he had been involved in a fight and
was given a 1.5 year prison sentence. Bekar has been delivered to
prison officials in the arms of his friend Yunus Kutluca, who lamented
"what's happening to Turgut is unjust. After the accident he's living
in constant need of help.  How is he supposed to live like this in jail?"

Bekar lives in Karsiyaka, Izmir, and worked at a factory in the Cigli
Ataturk Organized Industrial Park.  He was involved in an auto
accident in October 2012 in Dikili, along with his friend Ender Sarac,
who was driving. Bekar spent 3 months in intensive care and survived,
but he is paralyzed from the neck down.

A year before the accident Bekar was involved in a fight and given a
sentence of 1.5 years in jail.  Once the sentence was approved by a
higher court Bekar was taken into custody and sent to Foca Prison,
where other inmates are helping the invalid Bekar as best they can.

Karsiyaka is across the bay from Izmir. Foca is a bit up the coast.

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