Ayşe Büyükgezirici, a nurse, is another victim of Erdogan’s persecution in Turkey. While she was pregnant, a public prosecutor in the northwestern province of Kocaeli ordered her detention as part of a prosecution. The court released her pending trial under judicial supervision that required her to check in with the police three days a week. Under duress and pressure, Büyükgezirici delivered her baby boy prematurely. Doctors needed to monitor the boy, named Yavuz Selim, on a constant basis, and treated him for anemia with regular injections every week.
While both mother and the baby were being treated, another prosecutor, this time from the province of Tekirdag, launched an investigation into her on similar charges and secured a detention warrant for her on February 15, 2017. Her lawyer challenged the decision, saying that a similar case on the same charges was already under way and presented the doctor’s report on why her and baby’s health required Büyükgezirici to stay in Balıkesir, her hometown. Yet prosecutor Sedat Tas insisted on her detention anyway and she was put in police custody along with the baby for two days. Later she and the baby were transported in an armored vehicle from Balıkesir to Tekirdag, a four-hour drive. Büyükgezirici was also separated from her two other children, aged 9 and 13. No information is available on her or baby Selim’s current status or their health