A Turkish man named Hakan Kaşarlıoğlu reportedly died of heart attack on June 4 in the Denizli Kocabas prison.

According to Turkish Journalist Sevinç Özarslan, the purge-victim man was arrested some two months ago over alleged links to the Gulen group, which the Turkish gov’t accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvmene.t

He reportedly worked as a cook at a Gulen-affiliated dormitory prior to the coup attempt.

It was reported that Turkish authorities notified Kaşarlıoğlu’s family members two days after his actual death.

According to the Human Rights Association (İHD), there are more than 1,605 sick prisoners in Turkish prisons, approximately 604 of whom are critically ill. Although most of the seriously ill patients have forensic and medical reports deeming them unfit to remain in prison, they are not released. Authorities refuse to release them on the grounds that they pose a potential danger to society. In the first eight months of 2020, five critically ill prisoners passed away because they were not released in time to receive proper medical treatment.

Since April 2020, four seriously ill prisoners over the age of 70 have died in penal institutions; five inmates suffering from cancer died shortly after they were released; and 16 died of chronic illnesses while imprisoned.