Kaya Kartal, the president of the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples (Mazlumder), has said that Turkey’s Council of Forensic Medicine needs to be shut down immediately as its false medical reports cause death of many victims in Turkish prisons.
Kartal said many of the prisoners that the council says are physically fit to stay in prison, are actually in extremely poor health. “Ayşe Özdoğan is the latest example of such false rulings,” he said.
Özdoğan, a Turkish woman with stage 4 maxillary sinus cancer, was sent to prison early in October on charges of membership to the Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt.
The group denies any involvement.
According to a tweet posted by Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, Ayşe was sent to prison in Isparta after a regional appeals court in Turkey has upheld a prison sentence of nine years, five months handed down to her.
Among the accusations are claims that she deposited 300 Turkish Liras (35 USD) into a Bank Asya account, as well as working at a Gulen-affiliated student dormitory.
The Gulen group is accused by the government of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.
According to the news portal, the purge-victim woman, Ayşe Özdoğan, was initially put in pre-trial detention in April 2019 for working at a now-closed Gulen-affiliated student dormitory. After spending a week under police custody, she was released on bail. She was eventually sentenced to nine years and five months in prison in December 2019.
The same court also sentenced her husband, İlker Özdoğan to 13 years and five months in prison over similar charges.