Psychiatry professor Haluk Savaş said he was denied passport due to the fact that he had been dismissed as part of the Turkish government’s post-coup crackdown.
Savaş was earlier held under arrest for months over his alleged links to the Gülen movement before he was cleared off the imputed charges and released.
However, he had already lost this job at the Gaziantep University (GAÜN) and, while under arrest, he was diagnosed with cancer.
“I stopped by Adana governor’s office. I went straight into the office where you can inquiry about passports. I told the officer that I was a dismissed with a post-coup decree, that I was acquitted during court hearings, that the court in charge removed the ban on my passport, that I am a recurring cancer patient, and that I want to get treatment abroad,” Savas tweeted Monday.
“The officer looked into my file on his computer and said they can’t issue a new passport because the old one was revoked because I was dismissed with a post-coup decree. It means that the court’s decision to remove my passport ban doesn’t mean anything. The post-coup decree leaves us to die in this country.”
“I asked him what I can do regarding this decree. He told me to write a petition to the Presidency Communications Center (CİMER) with my cancer reports attached. I was earlier told that I had 39 months left to live. 30 months have already passed by. Apparently, I will spend my 9 remaining months, writing petitions to the government departments. However, there are remarkable newly developed treatment methods I can benefit in Japan, Korea, Cuba and the US. For example, one of them is a kind of immunotherapy applied by the Nobel laureate Prof. Allison. Instead of getting such kinds of treatments and trying to survive, I am facing the “death wall” put up by the government for me.”
More than 7,500 academics have been dismissed as part of a witch-hunt targeting the Gülen movement by means of government decrees issued under the state of emergency following the putsch bid.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.
Despite Gülen and the movement having denied the accusation and calling for an international investigation, Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.