An 80-year-old Kurdish couple, Makbule and Hadi Özer, has been sent to prison in Van province over alleged links to a “terrorist” organization.

According to Turkish journalist Sevinç Özarslan, the elderly couple was reportedly placed in a prison in Edremit district. They will spend some two weeks in solitary confinement as part of Covid-19 prison regulations in Turkey.

Following the court ruling, many human rights activists took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize the Turkish government over the arrest of the couple on trumped-up charges.

According to the Mezopotamya news portal, the couple suffers from several aging-associated diseases, including hearing loss, hypertension, diabetes and hernia.