Aysel Akkanoğlu, a Turkish woman from Turkey’s Mersin province, has been put in pre-trial detention on her alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016.
According to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a human rights activist and a pro-Kurdish HDP deputy, Akkanoğlu’s passport was confiscated by the Turkish government more than a year ago and she has been trying to take it back since then.
One of her visits to a police station, she was detained on terror charges and the a Mersin court sent her to the Tarsus prison.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Following the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group, initiating a widespread purge aimed at cleansing members of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
More than 511,000 people were detained since the summer of 2016.
Bir anne daha cezaevine girdi.!
Aysel AKKANOĞLU 1 yıldır pasaportunu alabilmek için nüfusa gidip geliyordu. Hakkında hiçbir soruşturma yoktu ama dün yine pasaport için gittiğinde polis tutuklamış, avukatını bile beklemeden Tarsus c.evine yollanmış Şimdi mersin tarsus cezaevinde pic.twitter.com/NeB9UinPYt
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) May 25, 2019