Cancer-stricken businessman jailed after coup in solitary confinement for 3.5 years

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Hacı Boydak

Hacı Boydak, one of the executives of the Kayseri-based Boydak Holding who was jailed following a failed coup in Turkey in July 2016 due to this alleged links to the Gülen movement, has been held in solitary confinement for three-and-a-half years despite the fact that he’s battling cancer, according to his son.

Boydak’s son Mehmet recently posted on social media a photo of a tumor that was found on the lining of his father’s stomach shortly after the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

Hacı Boydak has been behind bars in Ankara’s Sincan Prison since Aug. 5, 2016. Several other Boydak executives are also in prison for providing financial support to the Gülen movement, which is called a terrorist organization by the Turkish government and is blamed for the 2016 coup. The movement strongly denies any coup or terrorism accusations.

“Is it cancer or a tumor? Let me introduce it to you. It is the tumor that was on the stomach lining of my father Hacı Boydak in July 2016. Forty percent of his stomach was removed, and he was jailed only one week after this surgery. He has been in solitary confinement in Sincan for 3.5 years,” Mehmet Boydak tweeted, attracting huge attention on social media.

Mehmet Boydak also wrote that people who came to the hospital to visit his father following the surgery were treated as if they had come to congratulate him due to the coup.

“Even though my father says in court that he defeated cancer, statistics show that the disease has a risk of recurring. It is impossible to make up for a loss that can take place under these circumstances,” he said.

In July 2018 Hacı Boydak received 11 years, 10 months and Şükrü Boydak 10 years, both on charges of membership in a terrorist organization, while Memduh Boydak was given a jail sentence of 18 years on charges of leading a terrorist organization.

Boydak Holding, which was seized by the Turkish government after the coup, is active in a number of sectors, including energy, furniture and banking with 38 subsidiaries. According to its website, it has an annual turnover of more than TL 6 billion ($2 billion) and employs over 13,000 people.

In October the name of the company was changed to Erciyes Anadolu Holding by Turkey’s Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF).

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