Arzu Nur Özkan, a 6-month pregnant woman who was sentenced to 10 years in prison over links to the Gülen group, was released pending trial on Saturday after spending four months in prison, according to Turkish journalist Sevinç Özarslan.
Özkan, who used to work as a teacher at a Gülen-linked private college Kayseri province, is one of the tens of thousands of people who have been sent to jail due to alleged Gülen links since the failed coup attempt. The purge-victim woman has recently been given a jail sentence of 10 years on charges of membership in a “terrorist” organization.
She says she has regularly been denied access to medical care in prison and thus suffers from a set of significant maternal health problems due to her pregnancy.
On a recorded phone call last week, she was heard desperately begging for justice to be served in her case. According ot the recorded audio conversation, released by one of her family members, Özkan was heard saying that she can no longer stand the unbearable prison conditions and she is not even able to breathe at nights.
Tahliye olan 8 aylık hamile Arzu Nur Özkan'ın ailesiyle buluşma anı… Başta HDP Kocaeli Milletvekili Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu’na @gergerliogluof CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’na @kilicdarogluk ve CHP Kayseri Milletvekili Çetin Arık'a @DrCetinArik'a çok teşekkürler🙏 pic.twitter.com/vTw0L8WaQU
— Sevinç Özarslan (@sevincozarslan) September 3, 2021