Fatma Zehra Babacan, a Turkish woman who suffers from stage 3 Thyroid Cancer, has been sent to prison in Afyonkarahisar after the Supreme Court of Appeals upheld a previous conviction that was based on politically motivated charges, the Bold news portal reported.

The purge-victim woman is charged with having a membership in the Gulen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.

According to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a MP from the pro Kurdish HDP, Babacan, a mother of two, was sent to the Afyon state prison on July 31st.

“Each day, more people are being sent to prison. Fatma Zehra Babacan is a mother of 2 and a Thyroid Cancer patient. After the Court of Appeals upheld her prison sentence, she went back to prison,” Gergerlioğlu tweeted.

The ongoing purge in Turkey has resulted in a drastic increase of political prisoners in Turkish prisons, some of whom are severely ill.

According to the Human Rights Association (İHD), there are more than 1,605 sick prisoners in Turkish prisons, approximately 604 of whom are critically ill. Although most of the seriously ill patients have forensic and medical reports deeming them unfit to remain in prison, they are not released. Authorities refuse to release them on the grounds that they pose a potential danger to society. In the first eight months of 2020, five critically ill prisoners passed away because they were not released in time to receive proper medical treatment.