Ahmet Burhan Ataç, an 8 year-old kid whose parents have been prosecuted over alleged Gulen links, died of cancer early on Thursday, according to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a member of parliament and rights activist.
“Ahmet left us. He left his mother, his brother and his father, who he could not get enough of. We did everything we could to bring his [imprisoned] father to him. But the prosecutor said he coould only release [the father] in the morning. The father missed his son,” Gergerlioğlu tweeted.
Canım Ahmet bizden ayrıldı, annesinden, kardeşinden ve doyamadığı babasından ayrıldı
Gece babası son anına yetişsin diye çok uğraştık, 3 kez kalbi duran Ahmet için Savcı, ısrarla babayı ancak sabaha göndereceğini söyledi
Kavuşturmamakta inat etmişlerdi hep
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) May 7, 2020
Who is Ahmet Burhan Ataç? How did he come to public attention? Why did he die?
Ahmet was an eight year old cancer patient. He was suffering from osteoid cancer for more than a year, which eventually spread to his lungs. His parents face prosecution in Turkey for having worked at a dormitory that had links to the Gülen group, accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup in July 2016. The group denies any involvement.
His father, Harun Ataç has been in pretrial detention since March 2018 due to alleged membership in the group. His mother, Zekiye Ataç, had been subject to a travel ban due to a coup-related investigation.
— Turkey Purge (@TurkeyPurge) May 7, 2020