76-year-old Kurdish woman to remain in Turkish prison despite deteriorating health

Tarsus State Hospital has reportedly issued a scandalous report for a 76-year-old Kurdish woman jailed in Mersin province, claiming that Sisê Bingöl, whose health is deteriorating by the day, has no life-threatening ailments and thus is fit to remain behind bars.

According to a report by the pro-Kurdish Fırat news agency (ANF), the elderly woman suffers from heart, liver and kidney problems, is diabetic and has high blood pressure. While Muş State Hospital had issued a report stating that Bingöl should not stay in prison, the woman was referred to Tarsus State Hospital, which prepared a report arguing that her medical condition was not life threatening and that she is healthy enough to remain incarcerated.

Bingöl’s lawyer, Gülşen Özbek, protested the report, which she said was incompatible with medical ethics. She said they would resort to legal action to ensure her release from prison.

Bingöl was arrested in Muş province in April 2016 and released after 2,5 months for reasons of health. One year later, she was sentenced to four years, two months in prison for allegedly supporting a terrorist group and imprisoned again. She is currently incarcerated in the women’s prison in the Tarsus district of Mersin province.

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