Mustafa Said Türk, an 86-year-old prisoner in Turkey, was taken back to prison on Monday, despite suffering from severe health issues. Türk, who has been bedridden since a stroke in 2018, was transported from his home on a stretcher and is now in intensive care at a hospital.
Türk’s health has been a significant concern for his family and legal team. He has suffered two brain haemorrhages, two heart attacks, and requires daily insulin injections. Despite his condition, Türk’s application for sentence postponement was rejected, citing that a doctor’s report had not yet been obtained and sentence execution procedures had not begun.
“We are currently waiting at home; they are supposed to come and take him,” said Türk’s son, Süleyman Türk, on the day the postponement was rejected. “We are worried about the evaluation process; we want them to conduct it at home.”
Türk was first arrested in connection with allegations related to the coup attempt in Turkey on 15 July 2016, and he spent 18 months in prison. His 10-year prison sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court. His family and legal team have since appealed the decision to reject the postponement of his sentence execution.