Seriously ill prisoner Ekim Polat denied treatment
Seriously ill prisoner Ekim Polat did not receive proper treatment. His mother, Songül Ilker, said: "Ill prisoners should not be left alone."
Ekim Polat is 24-year-old and is seriously ill. He is held in Denizli T Type Closed Prison. He called off the hunger strike he went on on 1 August for the right to receive proper treatment, on 10 September due to health problems such as heart palpitations and high blood pressure. The Ministry of Justice sent a petition to the prison for the treatment of Polat. However, despite the ministry's petition, Polat was not given his treatment.
His mother, Songül Ilker, who started a sit-in in front of Denizli Prison to ask her son's demands being met, also brought her protest to the IHD Istanbul Branch.
While continuing the sit-in in Istanbul, Ilker talked to her son on the phone and said that despite the petition sent by the Ministry of Justice to the prison to ensure treatment, this was actually not granted. Ilker said: "Polat was only taken to Denizli State Hospital and Pamukkale University Hospital and returned to prison without treatment. He was not admitted to the hospital for treatment."
Ilker said that what was done was attempted murder, and added: "Despite a petition from the Ministry of Justice to the prison, my son's right to treatment continues to be denied. My son is being left to die. He should have been treated before, now it may be too late. The people should speak up for what happened. Ill prisoners should not be left alone."
Adding that his son was threatened by a guard, Ilker said: "The guard told him he would only come out of prison dead. I will file a criminal complaint against this guard.”