Bedridden mother dies after daughter arrested over links to Gülen movement

Eighty-six-year-old bedridden Fahriye Asrak died on Thursday after her daughter Nejla Akdağ was arrested by a court over links to the faith-based Gülen movement.

Eighty-six-year-old bedridden Fahriye Asrak died on Thursday after her daughter Nejla Akdağ was arrested by a court over links to the faith-based Gülen movement, which the government accuses of being behind a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016

According to a story on the website, Fahriye Asrak died in Edirne following her daughter’s arrest, which had left her with two grandchildren and an 83-year-old husband who has difficulties in walking.

Nejla Akdağ and her husband were teachers at a public school but were dismissed last August as part of government purges against the Gülen movement.

Five months after police raided and searched their house, on Aug. 30, Akdağ was detained on Jan. 27 and handcuffed while her mother, father and two children were at home. said Nejla Akdağ was taking care of her mother because her husband had left for another city to find work since they did not have any income after they were dismissed from their jobs.

Despite a doctor’s report saying she was looking after her mother, who had partial paralysis and heart problems, Nejla Akdağ was arrested by a Penal Court of Peace in Edirne in early February.

According to, officers in the prison where Nejla Akdağ was being held keep telling her that she would be freed after her husband turned himself in.


Meanwhile, an anonymous Twitter account aiming to share human rights violations in Turkey announced on Saturday that police in Ankara were waiting at a hospital to detain a woman who is undergoing chemotherapy.

Mevhibe Altıntaş, a teacher who is suffering from leukemia, is receiving treatment at Memorial Hospital in Ankara. However, as of the time of writing, police say the woman is supposed to be taken to the province of Aksaray as part of an investigation. No reason for her expected detention was cited.

Sharing this ordeal on his Twitter account, Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Mahmut Tanal said that according to the law, suspects can be questioned at home without being taken to a police station. He urged officials to adopt a more human approach to this kind of situation..

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. The movement denies the accusations.

Over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement since the coup attempt, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of Feb. 1, 89,775 people were being held without charge, with an additional 43,885 in pre-trial arrest due to their alleged links to the movement. ( Feb. 11, 2017

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