Jailed Turkish politician investigated for beginning hunger strike

Authorities in Silivri prison in western Turkey have launched an investigation into jailed former opposition member of parliament Eren Erdem for starting a hunger strike to protest his pre-trial detention, a lawmaker of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said.

Erdem, a former CHP deputy began a hunger strike on Tuesday after a Turkish court rejected his lawyer’s appeal for his release. 

“Silivri prison has launched an investigation into Eren Erdem for being on hunger strike. A notification sent by the prison to Erdem says that he might be barred from attending activities in prison for one month, to up to three months as a penalty,” Barış Yarkadaş, a CHP lawmaker said on Twitter on Friday. 

Erdem, a 32-year-old journalist-turned-politician, is charged with links to the Gülen movement, which Ankara accuses of carrying out a coup attempt in 2016.