Turkish justice minister orders probe of prosecutor after doctor detained

Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül ordered the Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) to investigate a prosecutor on allegations of misconduct, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.

The HSK will investigate whether prosecutor Mehmet Bülbül was at fault this week when ordering police in the southern Osmaniye province to detain a doctor for refusing to provide him with medical treatment.

Ahmet Tekne, the chief public prosecutor in the province, said in a statement released hours after Monday’s incident that the doctor had declined to treat Bülbül and had him removed from the examination room in an insulting manner.

Orthopedist Kemal Gökhan Günel said he turned Bülbül away after the prosecutor demanded to be examined without an appointment.

“He pushed my secretary away and rushed in, saying he was the chief public prosecutor,” Günel said in a video message. The doctor said he was threatened by Bülbül, who allegedly said, “I am a chief prosecutor, I will mess with you.”

Bülbül refused to leave the room after Günel left to attend other patients, and upon his return, the doctor had hospital security remove him.

“We only refused to treat somebody who used his influence to demand an inappropriate appointment,” Günel said. “For that it was apparently necessary for me to be taken in for questioning, my hands cuffed behind my back.”