Un paciente de cáncer de 42 años, Deniz Hakan Şen, que fue encarcelado en octubre de 2017 debido a supuestos vínculos con el grupo Gülen, murió el martes poco después de que fuera puesto en libertad.

Şen sufría de un nivel avanzado de cáncer de estómago cuando fue encarcelado. Aunque objetó su encarcelamiento muchas veces mediante informes médicos que muestran que no estaba en condiciones de permanecer en prisión, los tribunales turcos decidieron continuar con su encarcelamiento hasta el 19 de febrero, cuando finalmente fue liberado.

Las autoridades penitenciarias le negaron también la oportunidad de buscar el tratamiento médico necesario. Şen, que solía ser representante de ventas farmacéuticas, había sido arrestado por cargos de golpe de Estado.

Según un tweet publicado por el prominente defensor de derechos humanos turco Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, Şen escribió 45 peticiones a la administración de la prisión solicitando tratamiento médico urgente; sin embargo, sus peticiones fueron ignoradas durante 60 días por las autoridades turcas competentes. Perdió más de 35 kilogramos durante este período y se redujo a 85 a 50 kilogramos debido al deterioro de su condición médica en prisión.

“Deniz Hakan Şen, que tenía 42 años, murió hoy. ¿Hay alguien que pueda dar cuenta de su muerte? “, preguntó Gergerlioğlu desde su cuenta de Twitter el martes.

A 42-year-old cancer patient, Deniz Hakan Şen, who was jailed in October 2017 due to alleged links to the Gülen group, died on Tuesday shortly after he was released from prison.

Şen was suffering from an advanced level of stomach cancer when he was jailed. Although he objected to his imprisonment many times, with medical reports showing he was unfit to stay in prison, Turkish courts ruled for the continuation of his imprisonment until Feb. 19, when he was eventually released.

He was also denied by prison authorities the opportunity to seek necessary medical treatment. Şen, who used to be a pharmaceutical sales representative, had been arrested on coup charges.

According to a tweet posted by prominent Turkish human rights defender Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu on Tuesday, Şen wrote 45 petitions to the prison administration asking for urgent medical treatment; however, his petitions were ignored for 60 days by the relevant Turkish authorities while he lost more than 35 kilograms during this period and dropped to 50 from 85 kilograms due to his deteriorating medical condition in prison.

“Deniz Hakan Şen, who was 42 years old, died today. Is there anyone who can give an accounting of his death?” Gergerlioğlu asked from his Twitter account on Tuesday.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.

The group denies any involvement.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15. Turkey’s interior minister announced on Dec. 12, 2017 that 55,665  people have been arrested. On Dec. 13, 2017, the Justice Ministry announced that 169,013 people have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

A total of 48,305 people were arrested by courts across Turkey in 2017 over their alleged links to the Gülen group, said Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Dec. 2, 2018. “The number of detentions is nearly three times higher,” Soylu told a security meeting in İstanbul and claimed that “even these figures are not enough to reveal the severity of the issue.”

(Turkish Minute)