A 65-year-old jailed Turkish man who had been denied release on parole until his cancer reached stage 4, died late on Monday, the Bold news portal reported.
Ahmet Kaptan had spent some three years in Balıkesir Kepsut L Type prison on membership to Turkey’s Gulen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016. The group denies any involvement.
Although Kaptan was reportedly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early in 2020. He was, however, denied release on parole until the cancer reached a more serious stage. According to Kaptan’s wife, he spent 11 months in prison following his initial diagnosis. Kaptan died late on Monday at a hospital in Balıkesir.
Several images circulating on social media on Tuesday revealed that he was laid to rest in his hometown by his family members.
Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on followers of the Gulen group under the pretext of an anti-coup fight as a result of which more than 150,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 50,000 others were jailed and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.
Since the coup attempt, there have been many cases of people who died in jail, some suspiciously, because they were denied crucial treatment or subjected to maltreatment or acts of torture.