Hacı Bişkin / DUVAR
Turkey's parliamentary human rights committee turned down a petition for the release of 85-year-old Abdulalim Kaya from prison on the grounds that such decisions regarding his incarceration fell outside the scope of their authority.
Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit noted in parliament that Kaya suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney failure, all ailments that put him at a high risk of contracting COVID-19.
"The numerous medications he needs to be taking haven’t been admitted into the prison because of various excuses," Koçyiğit said, adding that Kaya has been kept in a solitary cell since Oct. 14.
“You petition for a delay of sentence falls outside our authority," the parliamentary committee stated in their ruling.
The parliamentary committee also refused a petition by Koçyiğit for the release of Mehmet Yamaç who's been in prison for 25 years and suffers from severe injures inflicted by Turkish security forces back in 2000.