Turkish court arrests 75-year-old woman for sending money to imprisoned daughter

Turkish authorities arrested 75-year-old Hatice Yıldız, who was sentenced to prison for sending money to her daughter and her friend in prison, after being taken out of her house on a stretcher.

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Turkish authorities on March 22 arrested 75-year-old Hatice Yıldız on charges of "financing (terrorist) organization" for sending money to her daughter and her daughter's friend in prison.

After three years of trial, Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court sentenced Yıldız to four years and two months in prison. The decision of the local court was also approved by the appeals court.

Upon the decision, police officers on March 22 went to Yıldız's house. The old woman had many health problems such as high blood pressure, eye problems, herniated disc, and spinal curvature, according to the Mesopotamia News Agency.

After police’s arrival to her house, Yıldız collapsed and was taken out of the house on a stretcher. She was taken by ambulance first to the hospital and then to Bakırköy Women's Closed Prison after the procedures at the courthouse.

Yıldız's son Alper Yıldız stated that sending money to prisoners was not a criminal offense in the law and noted, "Until today, sending money to prison has not been considered a crime in Turkish law. This decision was made within the framework of enemy criminal law. The money is sent to the prison officially via Post and Telegraph Organization (PTT) and this is considered an offense."

The 75-old woman’s son stated that they would apply to the Constitutional Court (AYM) through their lawyers.