İsmet Özçelik, a 61-year-old Turkish academic wo was abducted and rendered from Malaysia to Turkey in 2017, is in the 1480th day of his imprisonment on terror charges.
Özçelik was given refugee protection by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) before he was jailed in Turkey.
Özçelik was deported in 2017 from Malaysia to Turkey, where he was accused of having ties to the network of Fethullah Gülen, a cleric who Ankara says sought an uprising in 2016.
A year later, he was sentenced to 9 yrs and 11 months on charges of membership and propaganda of Gulen group via social media.
Özçelik was indicted on charges of depositing money to now-closed Islamic lender Bank Asya, which was linked to the Gülen group, and using the ByLock smartphone application, which is claimed to be the main tool of communication among followers of the groupby Turkish authorities. Both acts are considered criminal activity by the Turkish judiciary, which has been harshly criticized for acting on orders from the government.