Turkish police batter doctors gathering in court in support of Fincanci, detain five

Turkish police batter doctors gathering in court in support of Fincanci, detain five
Update: 27 October 2022 21:01
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Turkish Medical Association condemned the attack against its members, vowing to stand with its chairperson

Turkish security forces battered Turkish Medical Association (TTB) members trying to enter to an Ankara court in support of Sebnem Korur Fincanci, the head of the organization who was taken to the courthouse to testify to the prosecution over terrorism charges.

Five of them were detained by the police, TTB said in a social media post on Thursday.

“Our representatives were beaten and not taken into the court building without giving any reason,” TTB said in a previous tweet.

Condemning the attack, the organization vowed not to leave Fincanci alone.

Turkish police on Wednesday detained Fincanci within the scope of an investigation launched by Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s office over her remarks regarding the allegations that Turkish military used chemical weapons against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in Northern Iraq. Fincanci was referred to the court on early Thursday to testify to the prosecution, after a medical report received from the hospital.

The investigation has launched on the grounds of “disseminating propaganda in favour of a terrorist organisation” and "insulting the Turkish nation, the state of the Republic of Turkey and its institutions,” according to the prosecutor’s office.

"Obviously, one of the toxic chemical gases was used that directly affects the nervous system," Fincanci told Media Haber during a live broadcast last week, sharing her examinations on the basis of the coverages allegedly showing the chemical warfare posted in social media. Fincanci also urged independent missions to investigate the incident within the scope of international treaties.