Bilal Danış, a one-armed Turkish man, has been in prison for almost  5 years over alleged links to the Gulen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement.

The purge-victim man was placed in a pre-trial detention on November 20, 2016 and later sentenced to nine years, three months in prison. He was charged with using the ByLock messaging application.

In a letter he has recently sent to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a deputy from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Danış said that he was issued a medical report that claimed that he was healthy and was thus ineligible for release from prison due to his disability.

Danış’s left arm was amputated after a traffic accident in 2011 and at the time.

“I am writing this letter from a solitary cell. My left arm was amputated. I don’t understand how this is not a disability. They issued a false report to deny me my release,” Danış said in the letter.