Some of what Demirel said to Hurriyet about the events of the last week:
"Of course no one in Turkey has a special privilege to commit crimes. And if the Rector has committed a crime, is it one which requires imprisonment? The crime has not even been specified yet. The Rector is a suspect. And he is an esteemed man. He is not someone who will try to escape or erase the traces of a crime. If they are going to try him, let them do so; but in the open. And it is also clear that when he was arrested, he was treated badly."
Responding to PM Erdogan's criticism of the very publicized visitation by other Turkish rectors to the Van jail where Rector Askin is being held, Demirel said this:
"They are protesting. It is a reaction in a democratic country....By questioning 'what business do they have there?' you are becoming a partner in mistakes and lawlessness of another level altogether. If this man is aquitted tomorrow, it will be impossible to recompensate him for everything he has experienced."
Reacting to the fact that the president of YOK, Erdogan Tezic, was searched before entering the Van prison where Rector Askin is being held, Demirel said this:
"What an incredible level of lack of trust this shows...Do they think the president of YOK is going to try and slip a gun into the prison?"