Labour Party MP Sevda Karaca on Aug. 16 published a statement about the ill-treatment faced by jailed veteran Kurdish politician Gültan Kışanak during her travel to her sister’s funeral with prision guards.
Dün Kandıra Cezaevi'nde Gültan Kışanak, Figen Yüksekdağ ve Nurhayat Altun'u ziyaret ettim.— Sevda Karaca (@sevdakaraca) August 16, 2023
Sevgili Gültan Kışanak kısa zaman önce ablasını kaybetmişti, bu ziyaret aynı zamanda bir başsağlığı ziyareti idi.
Gültan Kışanak, ablasının cenazesinden Kandıra'ya dönüşü sırasında apaçık… pic.twitter.com/4lvWXNejhJ
Kışanak had been held in Kandıra High Security Prison in northern Kocaeli province and was taken to eastern Elazığ province for the funeral on Aug. 9. After the funeral, she was taken to the prison in Elazığ province without being informed, according to the MP.
Karaca stated that after the funeral Kışanak was taken there to stay overnight without any belongings or medication and that she spent the night in a “warehouse-like, very dirty place.”
When Kışanak asked the reason for staying in a different prison, the officials told her that the funeral permission was scheduled for four hours outside and that this time had expired.
Kışanak's request to meet with an authorized person in the morning was not responded. Upon the incarcerated politician's request to meet with her lawyer, the prison guards responded, "We are not responsible, the gendarmes who brought you here are the one one who are responsible.”
Karaca mentioned that, her family was later notified of her location at Kışanak's urging. However, when jailed politicians lawyers arrived at the prison as instructed by the family, they were left waiting at the entrance.
As soon as the meeting commenced, Kışanak was abruptly removed and taken to way-back to prison in Kocaeli province. She was handed a food bag and instructed to sign a document of proof "that dinner has been served."
After leaving Elazığ, the 62-year-old Kurdish politician was first taken on a seven-hour car journey to central Anatolian Sivas province which is more than 311 km away because “there was no available flight.”
The air travel from Elazığ province to Sabiha Gökçen Airport, the closest airport to the prison, takes approximately 1h45m. All of Kışanak's travelling expenses had been paid in advance.
Former co-mayor of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır Kışanak has been in jail since her arrest in 2016. She was sentenced in February 2019 to 14 years and three months in prison on charges of making propaganda of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).