Alparslan Güngör, a purge-victim Turkish judge, died of lung cancer on April 16, 2021, according to Sezgin Tanrıkulu, a deputy from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
Tanrıkulu said during an online Twitter broadcasting on Monday that the judge had recently been released from prison as he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. “You [the government] must take necessary steps to prevent imprisoned cancer patients from leaving prisons in coffins,” Tanrıkulu said.
Güngör was reportedly dismissed from his job in the aftermath of a coup attempt in July 15, 2016 over alleged links to Turkey’s Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding the failed coup. Soon after his dismissal, he was also put in pre-trial detention and later sentenced to prison sentence of 6 years and three months. He had spent some three years in jail until he was eventually released due to deteriorating health conditions.
Several images circulating on social media on Tuesday revealed that he was laid to rest in his hometown by his family members.
Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on followers of the movement 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.
Since the coup attempt, there have been many cases of people who died in jail, some suspiciously, because they were denied crucial treatment or subjected to maltreatment or acts of torture.
#KHK zulmüne uğramış Hakim Alparslan Güngör, cezaevinde kanser olduktan sonra tahliye edildi evet ama geçtiğimiz hafta hayatını kaybetti.
Cezaevlerindeki mevcut kanser hastası mahpusların tabutla çıkmalarına mani olmanız gerekiyor.https://t.co/A59U9IOXI4
— Sezgin Tanrıkulu (@MSTanrikulu) April 19, 2021