Former Council of State Member Mustafa Dinç, who was unlawfully punished, was humiliated and detained.
A former judge at the Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, was arrested in Ankara after a prison sentence was upheld.
Photos showed former judge Mustafa Dinç in handcuffs with his head pushed down as he was detained by police officers on Wednesday, which attracted criticism as Dinç was not resisting the police officers.
Dinç was among the more than 4,500 judges and prosecutors who were expelled from their posts in the aftermath of a coup attempt in the country in July 2016 under the pretext of an anti-coup fight.
He stood trial on terrorism charges and was sentenced to seven years, six months on conviction of terrorist organization membership. The Supreme Court of Appeals recently upheld his sentence.
Mehmet Dinç’s prison sentence became final a long time ago. Mr. Dinç waited for a long time to be taken to prison in his residence. He didn’t run or hide. Police officers, who came to his residence to take him to prison, handcuffed him behind his back, as if they had just been caught while escaping, and took him to the prison. They had his photo taken and then shared it with the media. It is clear that their aim is to humiliate Mehmet Dinç and discredit him once again in the eyes of the society.
Dinç was sent to Sincan Prison in Ankara.