Özcan Hekim, a former police officer who was fired from his job in the aftermath of a coup attempt in 2016, was killed in a traffic accident in Fatsa, a town and a district of Ordu Province in the central Black Sea region.

According to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Hekim was fired with a decree issued by the Turkish government following the failed coup in 2016. He was accused of having links to the Gulen group, which the gov’t says masterminded the failed coup. The group denies any involvement.

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of the failed coup in the country on July 15, 2016, which had remained in effect until July 19, 2018.

During the state of emergency, the AKP issued a number of government decrees, known as KHKs, through which around 130,000 public servants including academics, teachers, doctors, police officers, judges and prosecutors have been purged due to their real or alleged connections to terrorist organizations.