April 24, 2017
Hacer Çakmak is only one of the hundreds of thousands of people who found themselves facing tremendous difficulties after the government started a desperate crackdown on the Gülen movement in the aftermath of a July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
She is a mother of three children, two of them disabled, and the wife of a Turkish judge Seyfullah Çakmak who has been under arrest in Kocaeli’s Kandıra Prison for 270 days.
Her two disabled children have been suffering from a genetic disease and they are in persistent vegetative state, however they are not able to benefit from public health insurance as the father’s bank account and assets were seized and his health coverage was canceled.
Hacer Çakmak has sent a letter to the Justice Held Hostage platform, a newly-established blog page aimed to spread the word by sharing personal stories of the judicial members who were victimized in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
What follows is the full text of the letter:
“Letter from Hacer Cakmak, wife of Seyfullah Cakmak,
My husband Seyfullah Cakmak, a former public prosecutor in Kocaeli [province], was arrested on 17 July 2016 and since has been kept in the Kocaeli No. 2 T-Type Prison. He has been imprisoned for 270 days with regard to the FETÖ investigations.
For the last 37 days, he has been kept in solitary confinement. He is only allowed one hour access to fresh air and he is not allowed to do his exercise rights with a company.