Photos recently posted by Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, human rights defender and deputy from the Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP), have revealed that a purge-victim police officer who died due to Covid-19 was handcuffed to a hospital bed during  intubation.

Veysel Atasoy, a former police officer, died days after contracting Covid 19 in September 2020 at the Tavşanlı T Type Closed Prison in Kutahya Province.

According to the media reports, several days after his contraction to COVID-19, Atasoy was dispatched to a state hospital by the prison management, and was treated there for 35 days.

Gergerlioğlu, recently revealed that Atasoy was handcuffed to the hospital bed during the treatment. “We will continue our demand for justice,” said Gergerlioğlu in his tweet. “We have submitted a parliamentary question addressing both the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Justice about this scandal.”

Atasoy was fired from his job with a decree issued by the Turkish government after a coup attempt in July 15, 2016. He was later put in pre-trial detention, where he had spent some 12 months. He was accused of “seeking to overthrow the government,” and “membership in a terrorist organization.”

The rapidly spreading disease has presented greater concerns in Turkey’s prisons, which were already notorious for human rights abuses, overcrowding and unsanitary conditions before the pandemic. The death of those political prisoners revealed once more how the Turkish government puts their health in immediate danger.