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Purge-victim judge couple reunion daughter after 29 months in Turkish prison on coup charges

The couple of Neslihan and Hüseyin Ekinci, who are both judges, finally saw each other and re-unioned with their daughter Rana Ekinci after almost 29 months in pre-trial detention on Tuesday night. Their “unexpected” and emotional reunion was captured on camera.

Neslihan Ekinci

Neslihan Ekici, a dismissed judge and the former secretary-general of Turkey’s top judicial body, and her husband Hüseyin Ekinci, who is also a dismissed judge and a former rapporteur of Turkey’s Constitutional Court, were released from prison late on Tuesday after spending 29 months in solitary confinement on coup charges.

Both Neslihan Ekinci and Hüseyin Ekinci were initially fired from their jobs and then put in pre-trial detention days after the controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

According to her daughter, Neslihan Ekinci had been held in solitary confinement for over 20 months and thus she has suffered from serious mental and physical disorders as a result of her months-long isolation. “My mother is losing her mental health in solitary confinement,” Rana once tweeted.

Turkey’s judiciary is being criticized for acting on orders from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and not basing their rulings on the law. Judges in Turkey who make decisions that anger Erdoğan are either replaced or jailed. Turkey has fallen to the 101st position out of 113 countries in the World Justice Project’s (WJP) 2017-18 Rule of Law Index, a comprehensive measure of the rule of law.

The Turkish government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has arrested a total of 2,431 judges and prosecutors and dismissed 4,424 others since a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016, a Constitutional Court general assembly ruling revealed on early August 2017.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Turkey have been the subject of legal proceedings in the last two years on charges of membership in the Gülen movement since a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, a Turkish Justice Ministry official told a symposium on July 19, 2018.

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