A group of soldiers from the Turkish army are reportedly waiting outside the delivery room in İzmir’s Çiğli state hospital in order to take ‘Gülenist’ Ayşe Ateş back to prison after giving birth, according to main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu.

Ateş, a public servant who was dismissed from his job and later put in pre-trial detention by a Turkish court over her alleged links to the Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Ateş who was 6-month pregnant when put in pre-trial detention, was taken to Çiğli state hospital to give birth on Sunday. CHP deputy Tanrıkulu claimed that soldiers are waiting at the hospital to take the woman back to prison after the birth.

More than 17,000 women in Turkey have been jailed as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown against critics and opponents.

Some 668 children were also put behind bars along with jailed parents as they had no else to look after them outside.

 

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