Turkey jails disabled teacher after dismissing him and his wife from profession

Teacher Raşit Uzantı was jailed on March 3, 2017 despite he is critically ill after a brain surgery.

A Denizli-based teacher, Raşit Uzantı, has been arrested days after he was dismissed from his profession along with her wife who used to work at a public hospital in Denizli.

According to a report by Aktifhaber news portal, Uzantı family has been added to the ever-growing number of people victimized in Denizli province by Turkish government’s cruel post-coup witch hunt.

It is reported that Raşit Uzantı has still been recovering from the repercussions of a brain surgery he underwent a while ago. His pituitary gland is no longer able to function properly while he also suffers from sleep apnea, leading his wife to monitor Raşit Uzantı’s sleep order with medical devices all the time.

Raşit Uzantı, who has been jailed at Denizli Kocabaş D Type Prison since March 3, 2017, qualifies for a 75 percent disability rating according to his medical reports, Aktif Haber reported.

Raşit Uzantı’s wife is also among thousands of state employees sacked by government in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. She used to work for a state-owned hospital in Denizli. The suffering couple could not benefit from the public social security coverage of medical costs as they were dismissed from their state positions.

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 on July 15, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has announced on Sunday that 47,155 people have been jailed over alleged links with Gülen movement since coup attempt on July 15.  According to Minister Soylu, 113,260 people have also been detained with the same accusation and 745 people are still under detention on Sunday over alleged links with Gülen movement which the Turkish gov’t accuses of masterminding a coup attempt last year.

Minister Soylu has said that 2,575 judges and prosecutors have also been imprisoned. Since July 15, 2016, 4,272 judges and prosecutors were dismissed due to alleged involvement in the coup attempt.(turkeypurge.com) April 5, 2017

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