Cancer patient convinct dies in prison cell
ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily NewsCancer patient convict İrfan Eskibağ has died in his Sincan prison cell while waiting for the authorities to respond to medical reports calling for his release, according to a statement released by the Turkish NGO the Human Rights Association (IHD).
Eskibağ, convicted of being a member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2011, and subsequently received chemo treatment in frequent visits to hospitals from the F-type prison where he was serving time. His final visit to the hospital lasted three days.
Doctors had issued a medical report calling for Eskibağ’s release of, but the report was kept on hold at the Istanbul Forensic Medicine Institute for three months. Eskibağ passed away on May 7 and his body was delivered to his family following the official autopsy.
The IHD released a statement calling for effective legislative changes to allow patients with severe conditions to spend time with their families.