Under arrest as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown against the Gulen movement, Prof. Dr. Ugur Camci said his imprisonment would be a loss for universal science, media reported on Tuesday.

Camci’s request for acquittal was denied by the court overseeing his case.

A mathematical physics professor at Antalya’s Akdeniz University until he was dismissed over Gulen links in early January, this year, Camci said during his court appearance that his frequent overseas trips in the past were not related with terrorist activities as is alleged in the indictment prepared against him.

The overseas trips were all for scientific gatherings, Camci said adding that he is one of the few academics focusing on Einstein’s space-related theories. “I have a chance to win Nobel prize in physics, I have my studies published on black holes.

“My imprisonment would be a loss for universal science. I had been invited to a scientific meeting scheduled on July 21 in Italy. I even didn’t attend this meeting fearing that this move would be considered as an escape in the aftermath of the coup attempt,” Camci said.

Underlining that he has been getting through hard days in prison, Camci said he had difficulty in sleeping for two months while always asking himself: “Why am I here?”

Denying the accusation of membership to a terrorist organization, Camci said he is only a scientist, asking the court to clear the charges against him.

Ibrahim Gullu, a lawyer representing Camci said it is hard to understand that his client is charged for sending his kids to the private colleges affiliated with the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

“If these schools were nets of terror, why had not the government warned us beforehand?”

The court denied Camci’s demand for acquittal.