An Ankara court has ruled for the continuation of the imprisonment of Nuriye Gülmen, a former teacher who was removed from her job as part of a government’s post-coup purge.
Gülmen is to remain behind bars until the next hearing, scheduled for September 2021.
Gülmen was fired from Konya Selçuk University for her alleged ties to the Gülen group, which the Turkish gov’t accuses of masterminding a coup attempt last year. She was arrested on terror charges in Ankara on May 23, 2017 while she was on a hunger strike demanding a reinstatement to her job. She was on the 76th day of their hunger strike when she was arrested.
In December 2017, she was given 6 years, 3 months prison sentence for “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization.”
The Turkish government started a crackdown on the opposition in the wake of the botched coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and arrested more than 50,000 and dismissed or suspended some 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants.