Turkey denies medical treatment to jailed Kurdish politician Demirtaş, his lawyer says
(Updates with statement from prosecutor's office, paragraphs 5-6)
Turkish authorities have barred Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-chair of pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), from receiving adequate medical treatment since he fainted in his cell almost a week ago, his sister and lawyer Aygül Demirtaş said on Monday.
The Kurdish politician suffered chest tightness and difficulty in breathing, symptoms similar to a heart attack, and fainted in his cell on Nov. 26, Aygül Demirtaş said
Both Selahattin Demirtaş and the prison doctor demanded a more comprehensive examination in a hospital.
"However, Demirtaş was not referred to hospital even after seven days. The failure to refer him to a hospital despite such a vital health problem clearly means his life is at risk," Aygül Demirtaş said.
The Edirne Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, in a statement it released on Monday, said Demirtaş received immediate medial attention on Nov. 26, after informing the prison authorities of his health concerns.
Initial testing found no medical problems, however, appointments were made for further examinations and Demirtaş was taken to a hospital on Monday, news site Gazete Manifesto quoted the prosecutor’s office as saying.
Meanwhile, HDP co-chairs Sezai Temelli and Pervin Buldan on Monday asked the government and the Ministry of Justice about Selahattin Demirtaş's condition and his treatment.
They said a party delegation would go to prison to investigate.
Selahattin Demirtaş faces multiple terrorism charges and has been jailed since Nov. 2016.