Purge-victim woman dies of Covid-19: report

Purge-victim woman dies of Covid-19: report

Dilek Aksoy, a 5-month pregnant woman who was sentenced to 7 years, 6 months in prison over alleged links to the Gulen group, died on Sunday due to complications from COVID-19.

According to Turkish journalist Sevinç Özarslan, Aksoy was charged with so-called terror-related offenses in 2017, and had spent some 2 years under house arrest. Her husband was also charged with similar trumped-up charges. The couple had reportedly worked at a Gulen-affiliated student dormitories.

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen group of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.

Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on followers of the Gulen group under the pretext of an anti-coup fight as a result of which more than 150,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 50,000 others were jailed and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.

Since the coup attempt, there have been many cases of people who died in jail, some suspiciously, because they were denied crucial treatment or subjected to maltreatment or acts of torture.