A report issued by the Antalya hospital committee has advised against the imprisonment of a cancer patient whose prison sentence of nine years, five months has recently been upheld by a Turkish regional appeals court.

The woman, named Ayşe Özdoğan, suffers from stage 4 maxillary sinus cancer. She was sentenced to nine years and five months in prison in December 2019 over alleged links to Turkey’s Gulen group.

Among the accusations are claims that she deposited 300 Turkish Liras (35 USD) into a Bank Asya account, as well as working at a Gulen-affiliated student dormitory.

Early in June 2021, A regional appeals court in Turkey has upheld her prison sentence.

The same court also sentenced her husband, İlker Özdoğan to 13 years and five months in prison over similar charges.

The Gulen group is accused by the government of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.