Gülsüm Coşar, a Turkish judge who was fired from her job with a gov’t decree issued after a coup attempt in 2016, died of heart-related causes in Germany on Wednesday, the Kronos news portal reported.
Coşar and her 5-year-old son have been living in Germany as political asylum seekers since 2018. She was fired from her job as a judge in August 2016 and subsequently sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison over alleged links to the Gulen group. Following the court ruling, she reportedly fled Turkey via illegal means to avoid jail time.
According to the report, her husband, Aykut Coşar, a Turkish prosecutor, was also sentenced to 9 years in prison over similar charges. He has been staying in prison in Gaziantep province since late 2016.
The Gulen group is accused of masterminding the coup attempt in 2016. However, it denies any involvement.