The sister of Ayşe Özdoğan, an imprisoned Turkish woman with stage 4 maxillary sinus cancer, said in Twitter post on Monday that she was denied visitation to her sister in prison.
Posting a video from in front of the Denizli prison complex, Emine Erdem said that their lawyer was also not allowed to see Ayşe either.
“Earlier today, I came to the Denizli prison. Our lawyer was also here today. He was however not allowed to see my sister. He was not allowed into the prison,” she said in the post.
Ayşe Özdoğan was sent to prison on Saturday morning on charges of membership to the Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt.
The group denies any involvement.
Söyleyecek ne kaldı ki⁉️
Günlerdir haftalardır kanser hastası bir annenin sesine ses olalım dedikçe karşımıza ses geçirmeyen duvarlar çıktı.
Bir gün o duvarlara sebeb olanların da sesi çarpsın ve geri dönsün.#AyşeÖzdoğanaÖzgürlük#AyşeÖzdoğanTutuklanamaz
— Reyhan İnandı (@Reyhaninandi) October 4, 2021
Ayşe was sent to prison after a regional appeals court in Turkey has upheld a prison sentence of nine years, five months handed down to her.
Among the accusations are claims that she deposited 300 Turkish Liras (35 USD) into a Bank Asya account, as well as working at a Gulen-affiliated student dormitory.
The Gulen group is accused by the government of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.
According to the news portal, the purge-victim woman, Ayşe Özdoğan, was initially put in pre-trial detention in April 2019 for working at a now-closed Gulen-affiliated student dormitory. After spending a week under police custody, she was released on bail. She was eventually sentenced to nine years and five months in prison in December 2019.
The same court also sentenced her husband, İlker Özdoğan to 13 years and five months in prison over similar charges.