Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a human rights advocate and former deputy for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has shared his first photo since the beginning of his prison sentence on April 3, 2021.
His son, Salih Gergerlioğlu, posted the picture on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday.
Gergerlioğlu is being held in Ankara’s Sincan prison.
Gergerlioğlu was stripped of his status in parliament on March 17 based on a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence handed down to him on terrorism charges. Describing the jail sentence as unlawful, Gergerlioğlu refused to turn himself in to the authorities and waited for the police to come and arrest him. Police officers went to Gergerlioğlu’s house to take him into custody on Friday evening.
The 55-year-old politician, who has shone a light on controversial topics including torture and strip-searches in Turkey’s prisons and detention centers, was expelled from parliament over terror charges linked to a 2016 social media post in which he commented on a story that reported on outlawed Kurdish militants calling on the Turkish state to take a step towards peace.
"Zindan, benim için Ak Parti ve MHP'nin talip olduğu zulüm, vicdansızlık, yolsuzluk ve despotluk içindeki iktidardan çok daha hayırlıdır. İyi ki eğilmedim."
Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu
Sincan 2 No'lu F Tipi Yüksek Güvenlikli Kapalı Cezaevi pic.twitter.com/OkgVkLLVb3
— Salih Gergerlioğlu (@salihro) June 22, 2021