Veysel Atasoy, a purge-victim police officer, died a year ago today after contracting Covid 19 at the Tavşanlı T Type Closed Prison in Kutahya Province.

According to the media reports, several days after his contraction to COVID-19, Atasoy was dispatched to a state hospital by the prison management, and was treated there for 35 days while cuffed to a hospital bed.

Atasoy was fired from his job with a decree issued by the Turkish government after a coup attempt in July 15, 2016. He was later put in pre-trial detention, where he had spent some 12 months. He was accused of “seeking to overthrow the government,” and “membership in a terrorist organization.”

The rapidly spreading disease has presented greater concerns in Turkey’s prisons, which were already notorious for human rights abuses, overcrowding and unsanitary conditions before the pandemic. The death of those political prisoners revealed once more how the Turkish government puts their health in immediate danger.