Why is Baransu isolated in prison?

If asked to name a journalist who dared to fight against the coup makers and the thieves, almost everybody other than the coup makers and the thieves would refer to Mehmet Baransu.
Journalist Mehmet Baransu has been deprived of the rights given to regular inmates since the day he was placed under arrest. He has been kept alone in a cell since the beginning. He has been denied the right to see his family and lawyers at prescribed visiting times and days — they are told he has an internal hearing to prevent him from talking to them. He is denied the right to talk to anybody even in cases where he is taken out for fresh air. He is not given proper food for Ramadan. Baransu and his lawyers have been objecting to his solitary confinement since he was arrested. He submitted a number of petitions to the prison administration. However, the administrators do not respond to these petitions. They do not recognize the universal rights that should be awarded to every inmate.
Because he is the common target of the thieves and the coup makers, Baransu has been held in solitary confinement for 102 days. Baransu is not a convict he was not convicted of a crime. Baransu was placed under arrest when the thieves and coup makers made a coalition because he published the Balyoz coup plan documents. You cannot use any of the universal legal rules to justify his arrest. Only the law of revenge can explain it. Because he was arrested out of revenge, Baransu has been held in solitary confinement for 102 days. He first exposed the offenses of the military servicemen. He was a target for them because he exposed a number of plots, coup plans and legal violations.
Baransu is alone in a cell because he documented who gave the orders for the killing of the villagers in Uludere. Baransu could have received a huge amount of money for a transfer to a pro-government media outlet he received an attractive offer. But he refused to put his personal interest first. Now he in alone in a cell because he spoke up and declared that the country is turning into an intelligence state.
Baransu is in prison alone because he was brave enough to call thieves by their proper names. If Baransu is in prison suffering solitary confinement in a country where the thieves get away with what they have done, then it is obvious which type of law reigns.
It would have been surprising if Baransu had not been in solitary confinement in a country where the Secretary-General of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HYSK) threatens the judges, given that he served as a journalist who went after those who bombed the people in Uludere. If he had been treated like other inmates, we might have been suspicious about the authenticity of the charges directed against Baransu.
But Baransu has been denied the right to talk to anybody since his arrest. In other words, the minimum rights, which should have been recognized under human rights standards to every inmate, are not afforded to Baransu.
Can you imagine that Baransu cannot exercise the rights that even the man who allegedly murdered and attempted to rape andOzgecan Aslan can enjoy? Can you imagine that the rights that the murderers who butchered missionaries are not given to Baransu? Can you imagine that the rights of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant who killed military servicemen and police officers in Niide are not given to Baransu?
Now, I am asking, why do alleged murderers, thieves and an ISIL terrorist enjoy rights not given to Baransu? In this case, can we call Baransu a prisoner of law?
The prosecutors responded to the question as to why Baransu is held alone in cell by saying that this is the order. Can you imagine that the prosecutors who are unable to respect the minimum rights of an inmate note that they are doing so because they receive orders?
So this means that Baransu is a prisoner, not an inmate. He is the prisoner of the thieves and coup makers. And those who hold him in custody are not lawyers. This should not offend them, but the judges and prosecutors who note that they keep him in solitary confinement because of the orders they receive are not lawyers. They are men who follow orders, because lawyers follow laws.
If the judges and prosecutors who keep Baransu in solitary confinement because of the orders they received are proper lawyers, they should immediately recognize the rights that every inmate is entitled to and grant them to Baransu. Otherwise, history will remember them as figures controlled by the coalition of thieves and coup makers.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman