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Prosecutors denied permission to Murat Turan, who wanted to visit his 11-year-old son Ömer Faruk, currently in an intensive care unit due to a heart condition, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported, citing human rights defender and opposition lawmaker Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu.

According to Gergerlioğlu, doctors think even a heart transplant wouldn’t be enough to save the life of Ömer Faruk and that all hope is lost. “I have talked to two different deputy chief public prosecutors, but neither gave permission [for the father to visit his son],” Gergerlioğlu said.

Turan was imprisoned due to his alleged affiliation with the faith-based Gülen movement, but no details about his case are available. He is currently in a prison in Manisa province.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been targeting followers of the Gülen movement, which was inspired by Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, since the corruption investigations of December 17-25, 2013, which implicated then-Prime Minister Erdoğan, his family members and his inner circle.

Dismissing the investigations as a Gülenist coup and conspiracy against his government, Erdoğan designated the movement as a terrorist organization and began to target its members. He intensified the crackdown on the movement following a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that he accused Gülen of masterminding. Gülen and the movement strongly deny involvement in the abortive putsch or any terrorist activity.

Turkey’s post-coup purge has taken a huge toll on human life, making no exceptions for children. Several children such as Ahmet Burhan Ataç, Mehmet Fatih Dedeoğlu, Selman Çalışkan, Eymen Küçükaydoğan, Ali Ihsan Başer and Furkan Dizdar were diagnosed with cancer after their fathers were arrested. Some of these children were unable to cling to life and succumbed to their illnesses. According to the doctors, their fragile bodies were not able to process the sorrow and affliction caused by the persecution of their fathers.

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