Ramazan Sarıkaya, a Turkish man with one kidney, has been held in a prison for over nine months on coup, terror charges even though his remaining kidney works at around 35 percent capacity.
According to pro-Kurdish HDP Deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, Sarıkaya is at an imminent risk of kidney failure and thus must be released pending trial as soon as possible.
“Are you waiting for him to die?” Gergerlioğlu tweeted.
Sarıkaya is accused of having links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement.
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.
Ölmesi mi bekleniyor..!?@adalet_bakanlik
"Babamız Ramazan Sarıkaya 9 ay önce gözaltına alındı. Daha önce askerde iken böbreğinin birisi alınmış, bir diğeri ise %50 çalışır durumda idi. Gözaltı sonrası geçen süre zarfında böbreklerinin çalışır durumu %35’e kadar düşmüştür++ pic.twitter.com/L8ELI0Qdha
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) January 16, 2020