A regional appeals court in Turkey has upheld a prison sentence of nine years, five months handed down to a woman with maxillary sinus cancer over alleged links to the Gulen group, the Bold news portal reported.
Among the accusations are claims that she deposited 300 Turkish Liras (35 USD) into a Bank Asya account, as well as working at a Gulen-affiliated student dormitory.
The Gulen group is accused by the government of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.
According to the news portal, the purge-victim woman, Ayşe Özdoğan, was initially put in pre-trial detention in April 2019 for working at a now-closed Gulen-affiliated student dormitory. After spending a week under police custody, she was released on bail. She was eventually sentenced to nine years and five months in prison in December 2019.
The same court also sentenced her husband, İlker Özdoğan to 13 years and five months in prison over similar charges.
Ayşe reportedly suffers from stage 4 maxillary sinus cancer. Following the appeal court ruling, Ayşe is expected to be sent to prison.
Bankada 300 TL para, dernek üyeliği, tanık ifadesi, Bylock ve kız yurdunda SSK kaydımın olması iddiasıyla beni hapse göndermek istiyorlar. Ben kimseyi öldürmedim. Kimseye zarar vermedim. @cigdemkc @adalet_bakanlik @MSTanrikulu @Cemrebirand1 @HurAyse
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— Ayşe Özdoğan (@ayse_ozdogan1) June 15, 2021