İsmet Özçelik, a Turkish academic who has been abducted and rendered from Malaysia to Turkey and later sentenced to 9 years and 11 months in prison, has repeatedly been denied access to health care in prison despite having suffered from complications related to Covid-19.
Journalist Sevinç Özarslan tweeted Monday that Özçelik has been has been denied medication by the prison management for 20 days.
“İsmet Özçelik, a cardiac and diabetic, suffered a heart attack last year in prison. He also had corona. He has been denied medications for 20 days,” Özarslan tweeted.
İsmet Özçelik was deported in 2017 from Malaysia to Turkey, where he was accused of having ties to the network of Fethullah Gülen, a cleric who Ankara says sought an uprising the previous year.
A year later, he was sentenced to 9 yrs and 11 months on charges of membership and propaganda of Gulen movement via social media.
Özçelik was indicted on charges of depositing money to now-closed Islamic lender Bank Asya, which was linked to the Gülen movement, and using the ByLock smartphone application, which is claimed to be the main tool of communication among followers of the movement by Turkish authorities. Both acts are considered criminal activity by the Turkish judiciary, which has been harshly criticized for acting on orders from the government.
Ağır kalp ve şeker hastası İsmet Özçelik, geçen yıl hapiste kalp krizi geçirdi, geç müdahale edildi.
Korona geçirdi, hastaneye geç götürüldü.
20 gündür de ilaçları verilmiyor.
Hiç kimsenin tedavi ve yaşam hakkı engellenemez.@adalet_bakanlik
İsmetÖzçelike İlaçlarınıVerin pic.twitter.com/thD9ZGElrZ
— Sevinç Özarslan (@sevincozarslan) August 9, 2021