Murat Eken,  42-year-old math teacher who was fired from his job with a gov’t decree issued after a coup attempt in 2016, died on Tuesday due to complications from COVID-19.

Mr. Eken was reportedly accused of having links to the Gulen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.

He had spent some 13 months in a prison; however was acquitted of all charges.

Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on followers of the Gulen group under the pretext of an anti-coup fight as a result of which more than 150,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 50,000 others were jailed and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.