Recep Yayla, a Turkish teacher who was fired from his job with a gov’t decree issued following a coup attempt in 2016, reportedly committed a suicide a day after appearing before judge on terror and coup accusations.
According to a tweet posted by a freelance journalist, Fatih Yılmaz, Yayla was scolded by the judge during the trial on November 23 for being a “traitor” due to his alleged links to the Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding the failed coup. The group denies any involvement.
Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a pro-Kurdish deputy, also confirmed Yayla’s death in a tweet he posted late on Saturday night.
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.
Dozens of people have committed suicide either after they were imprisoned over ties to the group. Some of these suicides have been found to be suspicious.
Bu kaçıncı, kaçıncı?@Akparti
KHK ihraç öğretmen, öğretmenler günü sonrası gün intihar etti.
Cesedi bugün bulundu.
Ondan kalan son iz baraja giden ayak izleriydi!!!
Bugün cenazesi çıktı.
Tek vicdan sahibi yok mu bu soykırımı gören? pic.twitter.com/whww7WQCbB
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) November 27, 2021
2 gün önce mahkemesi olan ve hakimle ‘vatan haini değiliz’ tartışması yapan KHK’lı öğretmen, doğduğum köyün barajında intihar ederek hayatını kaybetti. Recep Yaya evli ve 1 çocuk babasıydı. Sebep olduğunuz mahsumlardan biri daha hesabını bu dünyada bıraktı. Allah rahmet etsin pic.twitter.com/0GyM1rXSAS
— Fatih Yılmaz (@FatihYilmaz_yf) November 27, 2021