his alleged links to the Gulen movement, has died of gastric cancer, according to media.

Izmir-based businessman was jailed as part of an investigation into the Gulen followers in around April, 2017. Nearly a month ago his medical condition got so deteriorated that he was released on judicial control.

He was subsequently taken from Izmir’s Sakran prison to hospital where he stayed 3 weeks prior to his decease. Hocaoğlu reportedly spent his final week in intensive care unit.

According to media, Hocaoğlu’s father İsmail Hocaoğlu is also held in pre-trial detention in Sakran prison over similar charges. The father has recently had a heart surgery.

Turkish government blames Gulenists for the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people have passed through custody while 80,000 were remanded in pre-trial detention since the summer of 2016.

Last month, Halime Gülsu, a teacher who was arrested on Feb. 20, 2018 for alleged links to the Turkey’s Gülen group, died in prison due to deprivation of the medication she supposed to take for lupus erythematosus.

Meanwhile, Savaş Uyar, a 41-year-old public accountant in Turkey’s Giresun province has lost 41 kilograms during months-long pre-trial detention as he is suffering from several medical problems, according to several sources.

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