Police wait at hospital to detain cancer patient

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Mevhibe Altıntaş

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.

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 detention due to their alleged links to the movement.

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