A Turkish woman named Suna Halis has been sent to Edirne prison over alleged links to the Gulen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement.
According to the Bold news portal, Halis has been receiving chemotherapy treatment for the past three months. She was initially arrested by Turkish authorities in 2018 and subsequently sentenced to 6 years and three months in prison over membership in a “terrorist” organization.
She was released from prison on probation earlier this year, albeit was re-arrested on May 19 to serve the remainder of her prison sentence.
The news portal reported extreme poor sanitary conditions in the Edirne prison as well as inadequate lighting and ventilation, extremes of temperature, insect and rodent infestation and insufficient or non-existent personal hygiene supplies.
Since the failed coup attempt, Turkey has been conducting a massive witch-hunt against people from all walks of life on charges of “coup involvement.” Many women jailed with their young children, immediately after delivery or while pregnant, are believed to be linked to the Gülen group.