An appeals court has upheld a prison sentence of six years and three months handed down to Şerife Sulukan, a physics teacher from Turkey, over alleged links to the Gulen group, which the government accuses of mastermindig a coup attempt in 2016.
The group denies any involvement.
According to Turkish journalist Sevinç Özarslan, Sulukan was initially fired from her job in the aftermath of the failed coup in 2016. She was however later reinstated to her job. Despite the reinstatement, a Turkish court has sentenced her to six years and three montsh in prison over alleged membership in a terrorist organization.
Early in 2019, she partially paralyzed after contracting to Covid-19. The purge-victim woman reportedly has a 89 percent disability rating. She is expected to enter prison in five days.
Since the beginning of the purge in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed July 15 coup attempt, at least half of million people have been investigated while over 96,000 others have been jailed due to alleged links to the Gülen group. The purge has resulted in a drastic increase of political prisoners in Turkish prisons, some of whom are severely ill.
According to the Human Rights Association (İHD), there are more than 1,605 sick prisoners in Turkish prisons, approximately 604 of whom are critically ill. Although most of the seriously ill patients have forensic and medical reports deeming them unfit to remain in prison, they are not released. Authorities refuse to release them on the grounds that they pose a potential danger to society. In the first eight months of 2020, five critically ill prisoners passed away because they were not released in time to receive proper medical treatment.
Since April 2020, four seriously ill prisoners over the age of 70 have died in penal institutions; five inmates suffering from cancer died shortly after they were released; and 16 died of chronic illnesses while imprisoned.
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Fizik öğrt Şerife Sulukan'ı önce açığa aldılar, sonra iade ettiler. Buna rağmen 6 yıl 3 ay ceza verildi. 19 ay önce de korona nedeniyle felç geçirdi. % 89 engelli kaldı. İnfaz erteleme verilmediği için 5 gün içinde hapse girecek. @adalet_bakanlik pic.twitter.com/ABpxEjrtig
— Sevinç Özarslan (@sevincozarslan) April 15, 2022