Ünal Üneş, a 65-year-old Turkish man with advanced heart disease, has been in solitary confinement “for months” in the Erzurum H Type State prison over links to the Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement.

According to a report by the Bold news portal, Üneş was sentenced to 8 years and 6 months in prison in 2019 over membership in the Gulen-linked Kimse Yok Mu Foundation. He has allegedly been in solitary confinement ever since.

The Kimse Yok Mu was closed down by a government decree in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt. It was used to function as the corporate body of aid and relief activities for the Gülen group.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been targeting followers of the Gülen group since the corruption investigations of December 17-25, 2013, which implicated then-Prime Minister Erdoğan, his family members and his inner circle.

Dismissing the investigations as a Gülenist coup and conspiracy against his government, Erdoğan designated the movement as a terrorist organization and began to target its members.

Erdoğan intensified the crackdown on the movement following a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that he accused Gülen of masterminding. Gülen and the movement deny involvement in the abortive putsch.