A 27-year-old Turkish teacher who was earlier jailed as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown against the Gulen movement, was infected with HIV virus while he was in prison, according to his lawyer.

Lawyer Salih Koçak told Cumhuriyet newspaper on March 31 that his client, a teacher imprisoned over his alleged use of ByLock who wants to remain anonymous, was healthy when he was first arrested on Dec 9, 2016.

Spent 11 months in pretrial detention, the teacher was released in October 2017. During his time in prison, the teacher and 15 cellmates were taken to dentist for 4 times

“[After being released from prison, he got sick and] had a blood test in March. According to results from the Kocaeli University hospital, he was infected with HIV virus. That characteristic of this virus is that it hatches 6 months to 2 years after your body gets infected. If you count down the days, [it turns out] my client was in jail when he was infected,” the lawyer said.

Kocak said his client was working for a prep school before being dismissed, that the government revoked his teaching license, and that he spent 11 months in a prison cell overcrowded by 30 other inmates.

Underlining that his client is single and that he will never be able to get married due to this virus, the lawyer said: “It would have been better if he was sentenced to capital punishment.

“He will die if he gets flu 2 years from now,” the lawyer added.

Turkish government accuses Gulen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup and calls it a terror group while the latter denies involvement and reject any terrorist activities. More than 160,000 people have passed through police custody over Gulen links, of which over 60,000 were remanded in pretrial detention since the summer of 2016. Thousands have been sentenced lengthy prison sentences on charges of membership to terror groups.

ByLock is an encrypted mobile app that Turkish prosecutors say once top communication tool among Gulenists.

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