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Elderly Bedridden Patient M. Said Türk’s Family Worries as Postponement Request for Execution is Denied


In Manisa, the 86-year-old bedridden patient Mustafa Said Türk, who suffered a brain hemorrhage five years ago and whose most basic needs are met by caregivers, is facing the possibility of going to prison due to the upheld prison sentence. His family is concerned about the prospect of him being taken to prison in this condition after his request for execution postponement was rejected.

In Manisa, 86-year-old Mustafa Said Türk is being cared for by two caregivers at his home.

The 10-year prison sentence given to 86-year-old bedridden patient Mustafa Said Türk, within the scope of trials related to the Gülen movement in Manisa, has been upheld by the Court of Cassation. His request for execution postponement, citing old age and serious illnesses, has been denied, with the reason given being “no doctor’s report has been obtained for the convict, and execution procedures have not yet begun.”

“We Are Waiting at Home, They Will Come to Take Him”

Speaking to Kronos, Mustafa Said Türk’s son, Süleyman Türk, said, “We are currently waiting at home, they will come to take him. An evaluation will be made by Forensic Medicine, and we are concerned about the process. We want them to evaluate his condition at home. We are worried about his health during the evaluation by Forensic Medicine. Our lawyers have appealed the rejection decision to the 4th Heavy Penal Court. In other words, the execution has started, and we don’t know when they will come while waiting for the result of the appeal. Our lawyers said that the decision of the 4th Heavy Penal Court in Manisa will be final.”

Two Brain Hemorrhages and a Heart Attack

After suffering a stroke in 2018, 86-year-old Mustafa Said Türk became bedridden, and he is taken care of by two caregivers at his home, 24 hours a day.

Süleyman Türk, stating that they cannot understand why his father’s execution was not postponed, said, “My father had a brain hemorrhage five years ago and has been bedridden since then. He wears diapers for his toilet needs. Then he had a second brain hemorrhage. A year ago, he had a heart attack and received a stent in his heart. He receives four insulin injections a day. Two caregivers struggle to take care of him at home. They are with him 24/7. We can’t make him stand on his feet, yet they will take him to prison, and from there, they will take him to hospitals for reports. We don’t know how long this process will take. He already has a 98% disability report. We don’t understand what they are trying to achieve. If the Patients Directive does not apply to my father, then why did they pass the law for it?”

Mustafa Said Türk, who was arrested after July 15, served 18 months in Manisa Type-T Prison. Former Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Bülent Arınç, had said that he had known Mustafa Said Türk for 40 years and that he was a philanthropist who supported educational activities.

They Will Take Him to Prison for Forensic Medical Report

The decision of Manisa 3rd Heavy Penal Court, given two days ago, stated the following:

“In order for the execution to be postponed for the convict, the convict himself or his representative can request an examination of the execution due to illness after the execution has begun. Necessary checks will be conducted by prison doctors, and the findings regarding the convict will be reported to the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Subsequently, depending on the results of the tests conducted in fully-equipped hospitals, it will be evaluated whether the treatment can be continued within the prison. In accordance with the 16/3 article of the Law on the Execution of Penal and Security Measures (No. 5275), upon the report prepared by the health boards of fully-equipped hospitals designated by the Forensic Medicine Institution or approved by the Ministry of Justice, it will be evaluated by the Republic Prosecutor’s Office whether the execution will be postponed or not. Therefore, it is understood that there is no procedural or legal defect in the decision rejecting the request for the execution to be postponed without adhering to this procedure specified in Articles 16 and 17 of the Law on the Execution of Penal and Security Measures, and thus, it is necessary to decide on the rejection of the convict’s defense counsel’s request to stop the execution.”

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