Nuriye Gülmen, a former teacher who launched a hunger strike after being removed from the job as part of the government’s post-coup purge, has been given 6 years, 3 months prison sentence for “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization.”
According to the Turkish media, the court , however, ruled for the release of the educator from prison as her health is in critical condition due to the hunger strike she has launched to be able to return to her job.
Gülmen was fired from Konya Selçuk University for her alleged ties to the Gülen group, which the Turkish gov’t accuses of masterminding a coup attempt last year. She was arrested on terror charges in Ankara on May 23, 2017 while she was on a hunger strike demanding a reinstatement to her job. She was on the 76th day of their hunger strike when they she arrested.