Galip Küçüközyiğit, a former Turkish bureaucrat who had been missing since late 2020, has been “found” in the Sincan High Security Prison, according to tweets posted by his daughter.
“Yesterday I got a call that my father was in prison. I waited for some time to confirm it, but I can share the news now. My father is alive,” said Nursena Küçüközyiğit on Twitter on Tuesday.
Mr. Küçüközyiğit was a lawyer working as the chief legal counsel for the Turks Abroad and Related Communities Agency (YTB). Following a coup attempt in July 2016, he was fired from his job by a government decree and was later sentenced to six years, three months in prison for “membership in a terrorist organization” due to his alleged ties to the Gülen group.
The Gulen group is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding the coup attempt.
The purge victim man went missing on December 29, 2020. He was suspected of being a victim of Turkey’s enforced disappearances.
“I only know that my father is alive. I am very happy. We had been waiting for this news for a long time. We got it today. My father is in a quarantine cell at Sincan L-type Prison,” Nursena said.
Disappeared on 29 December 2020, dismissed civil servant Hüseyin Galip Küçüközyiğit is “found” in Ankara’s high security Sincan Prison. Will there be a full investigation of who abducted him, where he was held & what he was subjected to over nearly nine months @abdulhamitgul ? https://t.co/Pq7083haOL
— Emma Sinclair-Webb (@esinclairwebb) September 14, 2021