Turkish court sends woman to prison on coup charges hours after surgery

Ayşe Bulut Yanılma, a female teacher who used to work at a prep-school affiliated with the Gülen movement, has been arrested by a Turkish court hours after she had a surgery at a Kocaeli hospital.

According to Aktifhaber news portal, Yanılma, a mother to three children under the age of four, underwent a surgery at İzmit Park Darıca Hospital on Thursday. She was allegedly arrested by a Gebze court and sent to Gebze prison for women and juveniles later the same day over her alleged links to the Gülen movement.

Turkey survived a controversial military coup attempt on July 15 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with Turkey’s autocratic President Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15. Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup. (turkeypurge.com)

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