Zeki Bektaş, a Kurdish man with 91 percent disability rating, has recently been sent back to prison after the Institute of Forensic Medicine failed to renew his health report to postpone his imprisonment.

“During one of my visits to Diyarbakır prison, I saw Bektaş in a very poor condition. With our efforts, he was released on probation. But he is now back in prison,” Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) tweeted.

According to the deputy, the Institute of Forensic Medicine has recently failed to renew Bektaş’s health report to postpone the continuation of his imprisonment. Consequently, the man has been sent back to Diyarbakır prison.

Since a the failed July 15 coup attempt, at least half of million people have been investigated while 96,000 others have been jailed in Turkey. The purge has resulted in a drastic increase of political prisoners in Turkish prisons, some of whom are severely ill.

According to the Human Rights Association (İHD), there are more than 1,605 sick prisoners in Turkish prisons, approximately 604 of whom are critically ill. Although most of the seriously ill patients have forensic and medical reports deeming them unfit to remain in prison, they are not released. Authorities refuse to release them on the grounds that they pose a potential danger to society. In the first eight months of 2020, five critically ill prisoners passed away because they were not released in time to receive proper medical treatment.

Since April 2020, four seriously ill prisoners over the age of 70 have died in penal institutions; five inmates suffering from cancer died shortly after they were released; and 16 died of chronic illnesses while imprisoned.