Ramazan Sarıkaya, a Turkish man with one kidney who has been held in a prison for nearly a year on coup, terror charges, wrote a letter from prison in which he asked for an immediate release due to his ever-deteriorating medical conditions.
In his letter Sarıkaya said “in these last 11 months, I have experienced 18 years worth of loss.” His remaining kidney works at around 35 percent capacity.
Sarıkaya is accused of having links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement. He has been held in pre-trial detention since March 2019 at a prison in Kepsut, a town and district of Balıkesir Province
In January 2020, Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a human rights activist, tweeted that Sarıkaya was at an imminent risk of kidney failure and thus had to be released pending trial as soon as possible.
“Are you waiting for him to die?” Gergerlioğlu tweeted.
According to a report compiled by Turkey Purge editors, at least of 58 individuals, among which are police officers, prosecutors and teachers, have been found dead in Turkish prisons since a failed coup attempt on July 15,2016, causing serious concern about the fate of thousands of civilians who have been kept in jail in very poor conditions across the country.
8 Mart 2019’dan bu yana Kepsut'ta tutuklu Ramazan Sarıkaya tek böbreğini de kaybetmek üzere.
Mektubunda "18 yıllık ömre bedel bir kayıp yaşadım" diyen bir insanın sesine kulak verin. @adalet_bakanlik
RamazanSarıkaya AcilTahliye pic.twitter.com/qN4ww8wgYL
— Sevinç Özarslan (@sevincozarslan) April 20, 2021