Mehmet Dölen, a Turkish judge who had spent some 26 months in prison on alleged coup charges, died of complications related to COVID-19.

Dölen was initially fired from his job with a decree issued by the Turkish government after a coup attempt in July 15, 2016. He was later put in pre-trial detention, where he had spent some twenty-six months. He was accused of “seeking to overthrow the government,” and “membership in a terrorist organization.”

Several month after his release on prohibition, he reportedly died of Covid-19 on June 1, 2021.

The rapidly spreading disease has presented greater concerns in Turkey’s prisons, which were already notorious for human rights abuses, overcrowding and unsanitary conditions before the pandemic. The death of those political prisoners revealed once more how the Turkish government puts their health in immediate danger.