Turkey briefly detains mother of young cancer patient who sought imprisoned father’s release

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Ataç family during a prison visit

Zekiye Ataç, the mother of 8-year-old Ahmet Burhan Ataç, who is suffering from osteoid cancer, was detained and later released under judicial supervision after she requested her husband’s release from pre-trial detention due to her son’s deteriorating health, the TR724 news website reported on Tuesday.

Ataç’s detention was announced on Tuesday by opposition deputy and human rights activist Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, who tweeted: “His father was in pre-trial detention, yesterday they detained his mother Zekiye Ataç. What kind of remorselessness is this? The child is about to die.”

“I guess she was accused of sharing her child’s situation on Twitter, according to information provided by relatives,” Gergerlioğlu later wrote.

The deputy later announced that the mother appeared before a court and was subsequently released under judicial supervision.

On Oct. 2 Zekiye Ataç had spoken to Euronews Turkish service about her social media campaign to have her husband, Harun Reha Ataç, released. In the interview she had said the 8-year-old’s disease was discovered after his father’s arrest in March 2018 and that he needs his father to be with him to get better.

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