I’m free but my friends still languish in Turkish jails
The novelist reflects on a judiciary that ignores the rights of those it imprisons
Ahmet Altan after being released on 4 November 2019. Photograph: Bülent Kılıç/AFP via Getty Images
Nothing is scarier than an encounter with the horrifying power of someone who holds your fate in his hands. That person can kill you, lock you up, send you into exile or let you go free. Regardless of the difference in outcome, to be locked up or released by such an authority is equally devastating. You don’t have a say in what happens. People with such authority usually wear a robe and sit on a dais. They are called judges. You can forgive the wielding of such superhuman powers if they are used righteously. What happens, then, if the authority in question doesn’t care about righteousness?
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