Turkish authorities send 85-year-old Kurdish woman back to prison after treatment

Sise Bingöl, an 85-year-old woman arrested by the Turkish government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has reportedly been returned to prison after an eight-day hospitalization.

According to a report by the pro-Kurdish Fırat news agency (ANF), Bingöl, who was taken to Mersin University Medical Faculty Hospital on November 2, had been hospitalized for the purpose of checking the status of her health. The elderly woman was kept in the hospital for eight days and sent back to Tarsus T Type Women’s Prison despite her many health problems.

It was also reported that parts of the woman’s lung and bone were removed during the treatment. The hospital said a report on Bingöl’s health would be released in two weeks.

Bingöl’s lawyer, Gülşen Özbek, said she would ask once again for the release of her client in light of the new medical report. Bingöl struggles with health problems such as stomach pain, diabetes, asthma, blood pressure and others. Bingol had a heart attack a month before she was sent to prison and her treatment was incomplete.

It was reported that Bingöl is unable to see to her daily needs and is only able to cope with the help of other prisoners.

Bingöl, who has been in prison since 2017, was sentenced to four years, two months on charges of aiding the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Despite a previous report stating that she could not be held in prison, her petition requesting release was denied.

Bingöl, who had been released after her first hearing in June 2016, was again sentenced to jail in April 2017.

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