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.
" Tek kişilik hücreden yazıyorum.Sol kolum kopuk, denetimli serbestlik almamam için kurul raporuna "sürekli engeli yoktur'yazmışlar.Kopmuş kol nasıl sürekli engel olmaz, anlamadım.Bu zaman da geçecek, size duacıyız, gündem etmişsiniz beni"Bilal Danış, İzmir 2 cezaevi
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) October 11, 2021