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Court rules for continuation of arrest 7 months after prosecutor found dead in prison

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A Bursa court has ruled for the continuation of the arrest of Seyfettin Yiğit, a prosecutor who was found dead in a prison bathroom in September of last year.

The court was responding to a request for Yiğit’s release seven months after he died in prison, according to the Haberdar media outlet.

The 47-year-old public prosecutor was jailed as part of an ongoing witch-hunt against the Gülen movement in August 2016 and was found hanging in the prison bathroom in mid-September.

Yiğit was among the prosecutors who oversaw an investigation into allegations of irregularities within the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKI) in late 2013, a landmark year when widespread graft allegations implicating four Cabinet ministers and the son of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were revealed. (Turkey Purge)

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