Recep Abdioğlu, one of the thousands of Turkish teachers removed from their posts by government decrees on terror and coup charges and subsequently jailed, has died from a cerebral hemorrhage suffered in prison.
Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu. a human rights activist and pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy, has confirmed the death of the purge-victim teacher via Twitter on July 27, 2018.
Mr Abdioğlu reportedly suffered the hemorrhage at Trabzon prison from where he was taken to Trabzon city hospital. The purge-victim, a father of five, died at the hospital despite the doctors’ best efforts.
At least 31 individuals, among whom are police officers, prosecutors and teachers, had been found dead as of July 2017 in Turkish prisons since the failed coup attempt in 2016, causing serious concern about the fate of thousands of civilians who have been kept in jail in poor conditions across the country.
Erdoğan also accuses the Gülen group of masterminding the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
The group denies any involvement.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on April 18, 2018 said the total number of people who were arrested over their alleged ties to the Gülen group between July 15, 2016 and April 11, 2018 is 77,081.