Ali Gharavi.
Ali Gharavi, the Swedish citizen held in Turkey, poses by the Öresund Bridge when he was still a free man. Foto: Laressa Dickey

Imprisoned Swede isolated in Turkish cell

Turkish lawyer: He is in shock
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The lawyer for a Swedish human rights activist arrested in Turkey two months ago said on Friday that Ali Gharavi has been left isolated in his prison cell with little contact from the outside world.

Lawyer Murat Boduroglu told Swedish Radio that the Swedish-Iranian IT consultant had received little contact with his family since he was arrested two months ago along with a group of human rights activists. They had been taking part in a digital security and information management workshop in Istanbul.

"For a month now he has experienced huge isolation in the prison. So he is in shock; he was not expecting such an arrest. The conditions are not easy," he tells Swedish Radio.

The lawyer claims that Ali Gharavi is not allowed to receive letters or photographs from his family at the high security prison outside Istanbul. He can only call his wife once a fortnight and meet with his lawyer for an hour every Saturday.

Murat Boduroglu told Swedish Radio that they had still not received any documents from the prosecution outlining the accusations that Ali Gharavi and other human rights defenders supported a terrorist organization.

According to Swedish Radio, Ali Gharavi has been placed in a prison wing that holds people accused of helping the Gulen Movement.

Turkey's president Erdogan accuses the Gulen Movement of being behind the coup attempt last year. And lawyer Murat Boduroglu fears that the legal process against Ali Gharavi can go on for months.

Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström has said that Sweden is working actively with Gharavi's case, as well as that of the arrested Swedish author Hamza Yalcin, who is imprisoned in Spain on Turkey's behest.


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