Murat Şen, a purge-victim law professor and the former dean of the Melihşah University’s Faculty of Law, was released from prison for a day to attend his daughter’s funeral in handcuffs.
Şen has been in prison since February 2018 over alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016. The group denies any involvement.
His daughter, Rümeysa Berin Şen, a 25-year-old medical doctor, died late on Saturday in a traffic accident in Capital Ankara.
Following the coup attempt that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others, the Turkish government declared a State of Emergency and issued dozens of emergency decrees, known as KHK, to purge its critics from state bodies.
So far, a total of 6021 academics were dismissed by gov’t decrees No. 672/673/674 issued on Sept. 1, 2016, No.675/676 issued on Oct. 29, 2016, No. 677/678 issued on Nov. 22, 2016, No.679/680/681 issued on Jan. 6, 2017, No.686/687 issued on Feb. 7, 2017, No.689 issued on April 29, No.692 issued on July 14, 2017, No.693/694 issued on August 25, 2017. Also, immediately after the failed putsch, the Turkish government passed a decree ordering the closure of 15 universities and 800 student dorms across Turkey. The shutting down of the universities has left 61,382 students in academic limbo.
Those dismissed were accused of having links to either the Gulen movement, outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or other alleged terror groups.
Rümeysa Berin Şen, a 25-year-old medical doctor and the daughter of purge-victim Turkish professor, Murat Şen, died late on Saturday in a traffic accident in Capital Ankara. Rumeysa's father has been in prison since early 2018 over so-called Gulen links || https://t.co/OQmJgERYDf pic.twitter.com/qaoKGmC8b9
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