59-year-old businessman Sacit Çalık has died in a tragic traffic accident that claimed the lives of 4 others while he was reportedly on his way to visit his relatives imprisoned in an Elazig prison.
Çalık’s car collided head-on with a minibus near Erzurum’s Cat district early in the morning on May 14. According to initial reports, 5 people including Çalık and a 5-year-old baby were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and 10 others were injured.
Online media reports confirmed that Çalık, an Erzurum-based businessman who were earlier given 6 years of prison sentence over his ties to the Gulen movement, was on his way to visit his imprisoned relatives, in pre-trial detention over similar Gulen links in an Elazig prison.
Çalık had been released only to appeal his conviction, according to media.
Turkish government blames Gulen movement for the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement. More than 160,000 alleged followers of the movement have been detained and 80,000 have been remanded in pre-trial detention over Gulen links in Turkey since the summer of 2016.