In custody for the past two-and-a-half months, a Bursa judge identified only by the initials Ö.S. fears that his cancer may reappear due to poor conditions in prison.

Ö.S. was arrested on July 17, the day after the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) suspended him over alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a July 15 coup attempt.

A recent tip submitted to Turkey Purge by his relatives reported that he turned himself in immediately after he learned about the arrest warrant issued for him.

“As a cancer survivor, there is a high risk that his health may not withstand the harsh conditions of prison,” their letter read.

“His health is of concern, and there is a risk that his cancer may reappear,” his relatives said, adding that Ö.S. has always taken care about the freedoms of those standing trial for crimes of terrorism. He ensured that people were released pending trial [and remained so] until proven guilty, the judge’s relatives said, and added, “Even though there is no evidence linking him to the crime he is accused of, he is still in prison.”