French gay man’s family pleads for his release from Turkish jail after mistreatment

The family of a French gay man, who is serving a prison sentence in Turkey on drug charges, is calling on the French government to intervene over his mistreatment in prison, Queerty website reported on Saturday.

Fourty-three-year-old Fabien Azoulay is serving a 16-year prison sentence for attempting to buy the drug GBL, which is outlawed in Turkey, during a visit in 2017, it said.

The French national has been subjected to extreme harassment by other inmates over his homosexuality and not being a Muslim, the website said, citing reports.

He feels unsafe in the Turkish prison where other inmates have been violently attacked, Queerty cited Azoulay as saying in a letter, as published by The Algemeiner earlier this month.

Azoluay’s family has launched a petition to pressure French President Emmanuel Macron to pressure Turkey for his release, Queerty said,

The City Council of Paris on April 13 passed a resolution calling on Turkey to release Azoulay, citing his sentence as being “excessive,” according to the website.

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