Aslı Ünlü, a five-month pregnant woman, has once again been denied release from prison on probation, despite health reports attesting to her poor health.
She has been held in the Edirne State prison since early April over alleged links to Turkey’s Gulen group, accused by the government of masterminding a coup attempt.
According to Turkish journalist Sevinç Özarslan, the purge-victim woman had spend some two weeks in solitary confinement in Edirne prison due to Covid-19 measurements at Turkish prisons.
She is accused of using ByLock, once widely available online and considered by the government to be a tool of secret communication among supporters of the group since a failed coup attempt in 2016.
Turkish government survived the attempt that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others, however; AK Party officials along with Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group and launched a widespread war on its alleged and real followers.
There are more than 17,000 women and over 500 kids in Turkish prisons, with most of them pending trial over Gulen links.
In several cases, women were detained in the hospital immediately after the delivery of her baby and before they had a chance to recover. Many women were jailed as they were visiting their imprisoned husbands, leaving the children stranded in the ensuing chaos.