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GuruzTurkish Engineer and Education Administrator Kemal Gürüz Released from Prison Pending Outcome of Trial

September 5, 2013

 CHR has just been informed by Guniz Gürüz, the wife of Kemal Gürüz, former head of the Higher Education Board (YÖK) in Turkey, that he has been released from prison pending the outcome of the February 28 Postmodern Coup Trial, which began earlier this week.  The only non-member of the military charged in the trial, he had been held in prison since June 2012.  In June 2013, Professor Gürüz attempted suicide in his cell.  At the end of August, he was sentenced in another trial, called Ergenekon, to 13 years 11 months in prison.  However, because he was not served an arrest warrant in that trial, he could have gone home pending the outcome of the appeal.  However, he was imprisoned at the time awaiting the decision of the judge in the February 28 Postmodern Coup Trial as to whether he could be released pending the outcome of that trial as well.  Professor Gürüz was released along with 8 other suspects; 26 of the 108 suspects remain incarcerated. For more information on Professor Gürüz's case, see the recent report to the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, Scientists, Engineers, and Medical Doctors in Turkey: A Human Rights Mission.