At least nine people who suffer from cancer related complications are being held in Turkish prisons over a variety of trumped-up terror charges, including alleged membership in the Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016.
The group denies any involvement.
What follows is the full list and the details of the patients who remain incarcerated despite health reports attesting to their poor health:
1- Havva Dönmez, Edirne prison.
2- Gülden Aşık, Balıkesir prison
3- Fatıma Babacan, Afyon prison
4- Ahmet Zeki Özkan, Antalya prison
5- Gürbüz Dönmez, Şakran prison
6- Ahmet Polat Önel, Kandıra prison
7- Ahmet Dizlek, Kandıra prison
8 – Yusuf Özmen, Erzurum prison
9- Hakan Kanat, Kırşehir prison
Since the beginning of the purge in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed July 15 coup attempt, at least half of million people have been investigated while over 96,000 others have been jailed due to alleged links to the Gülen group. The purge has resulted in a drastic increase of political prisoners in Turkish prisons, some of whom are severely ill.
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.