Ramazan Kuru, a 67-year-old Turkish man who has been held in prison for 3,5 years on coup charges, was denied release despite having a heart attack in his cell on October 4.

According to a Twitter account, Kuru, after the heart attack, underwent a cardiopulmonary bypass surgery in Denizli State Hospital last week. Despite medical reports recommending urgent treatment, he was then sent back to prison a day after the surgery and is refused hospital treatment by Turkish authorities.

The claim has neither been confirmed nor denied by the Turkish authorities.

Many people died in Turkish prison over the past three years. For instance, a Turkish teacher who was jailed after a failed coup attempt in 2016 over his links to Turkey’s Gulen group, died of heart attack in a Çorum prison in April 2019.

According to Mehmet Ali Aslan, a former pro-Kurdish deputy, Özcengiz had been held in solitary confinement for months: “Muzaffer Özcengiz, a former teacher who suffered from hypertension and diabetes, died of heart attack in solitary confinement in the Çorum prison. End the use of solitary confinement immediately!”

According to a report compiled by Turkey Purge editors, at least of 58 individuals, among which are police officers, prosecutors and teachers, have been found dead in Turkish prisons since a failed coup attempt on July 15,2016, causing serious concern about the fate of thousands of civilians who have been kept in jail in very poor conditions across the country.