Turkish authorities have decided that a prosecutor will not face prosecution after having a doctor detained following an argument at a hospital.
The case concerned a discussion between the orthopedic doctor Kemal Gökhan Günel and prosecutor Mehmet Bülbül on April 12 in the southern province of Osmaniye.
Bülbül wanted to see a doctor at the Osmaniye State Hospital but was told by Günel that he needed an appointment. Following a discussion between the two, Bülbül ordered the police to detain Günel and take him to the police station.
Günel was released following his testimony. “It seems my saying 'No it is not possible to take you in now' to someone who illegally wanted to be treated is a reason for detention,” Günel said in his testimony.
Bülbül said that he already had an appointment with another doctor who was on leave, which is why he wanted to have Günel examine him. Bülbül claimed that Günel “insulted” him by ordering hospital officials to take him outside his room.
The argument between the two led both sides to file criminal complaints against each other. In his petition, the doctor demanded that Bülbül stand trial over charges of “actual bodily harm and threatening.”
After listening to the eyewitnesses and analyzing the security footage, prosecutors issued a decision of non-prosecution for prosecutor Bülbül.