Woman fears her ailing fiance imprisoned for links to Gülen may be neglected

The fiancee of a man arrested on Gülen links says she fears he is being neglected as he has lost a lot of weight in the past three months but still has not been transported to hospital hospital, the Bold Medya news site reported.

Tuba Özdemir said that her fiancé, İzzeddin Yenigün, was in constant pain and had lost considerable weight. She expressed shock at Bold Medya after seeing him during a June 7 visit. Despite his deteriorating health, Yenigün was not taken to hospital for a physical examination.

“We don’t know where to appeal,” Özdemir said. “We are afraid that he will die in prison. He looks so skinny and frail. We just want him taken to the hospital so the doctors can diagnose his condition.

Yenigün was arrested on June 27, 2018 and sent to Kayseri Bünyan prison in central Turkey. He was accused of working for a private tutoring center affiliated with the Gülen movement. Yenigün was rushed to hospital nearly two years ago after experiencing abdominal pain, where doctors believed he had appendicitis.

He stayed in the hospital for a week; however, he was released and doctors never confirmed appendicitis. Since then, Yenigün has suffered from pain.

He was then transferred to a prison in Kahramanmaraş province, where he is currently being held.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been targeting supporters of the Gülen movement, inspired by Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, since corruption probes from December 17-25, 2013, which involved then-Prime Minister Erdoğan, members of his family and those around them.

Dismissing the investigations as a Gülenist coup and a plot against his government, Erdoğan branded the movement a terrorist organization and began targeting its members. He intensified the repression of the movement following the abortive putsch.

Turkish authorities have refused political prisoners, even those with serious illnesses, to be released from prison so that they can at least receive proper treatment. Human rights activists and opposition politicians have frequently criticized the authorities for not releasing seriously ill prisoners.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu said sick prisoners were not released until they reached the point of no return. He claimed that prisoners did not have access to proper health facilities such as hospitals and clinics.

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