Cancer turns into execution verdict against political prisoners
07 April 2012Physical condition of prisoner Samet Çelik, who has cancer, deteriorating
In a letter to Bakırköy L Type Prison about the deteriorating physical condition of prisoner Samet Çelik who has cancer, PKK prisoner Orhan İnce called attention to the “mindset which transforms terminal illness of political prisoners into a new type of execution”.
The promises given by President Abdullah Gül regarding the release of seriously sick detainees and prisoners are left unproved when it comes to prisoners who are jailed within the scope of PKK case. Despite numerous doctor reports which say that Samet Çelik’s situation is not suitable for treatment under prison circumstances, Çelik is neither released from prison nor provided an opportunity to take advantage of hospital health services.
Çelik who has been suffering from leukaemia for many years in Sincan F Type Prison No 2 is also not allowed to benefit from marrow transplant demands of other prisoners in the same prison. Çelik’s spleen and liver are about to become dysfunctional.
Ince writes the followings in the letter in which he expresses his concern and despair over his friend Çelik who is getting closer to death more and more with each passing day;
“Samet has struggling with leukaemia for many years now. Despite the fact that he immediately needs to undergo a marrow transplant and we have applied for it many months ago, the lack of any developments with regard to his treatment has deteriorated his illness more and more in this process. His immune system has completely become dysfunctional as his blood value and iron loading are progressing at unusual levels. The radiotherapy he received before the doctor’s decision to take his spleen decreased his blood values because of his exposure to intense chemical. The medicine he has been taking doesn’t provide the needed treatment for him.”
Remarking that Samet is persistently held in prison despite all medical reports, İnce continued as follows; “He is currently held under quite inconvenient conditions and in an environment which doesn’t provide him with enough nutrition and oxygen. As his sickness is triggered by the environment he is held in, it is intolerable to see him getting closer to death each passing day. The last time he came to visit us was like bidding him farewell. In these days he will receive a heavy medicine that he has never taken so far but it is doubtable if a marrow transplant will be useful in his current situation. Samet needs to be released in the soonest time.”
Bakırköy Women Prison
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