İsmet Özçelik, a Turkish academic wo was abducted and rendered from Malaysia to Turkey and later sentenced to 9 yrs and 11 months in prison, has still been held in prison despite having suffered a cardiac problem for over twelve days.
Özçelik son’s Suat Özçelik tweeted Saturday that his father has been denied medical procedure for days.
“Today is the 12th day. My father has not yet been taken to a doctor for any medical purposes,” Özçelik tweeted.
Bugün 12 gün oldu. Babam halen herhangi bir şekilde tedavi veya kontrol için doktora veya revire çıkarılmadı. Allah yar.
— suat özçelik (@suatozcelik_) August 10, 2019
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.