Küçük was taken to the surgery unit under tight security, with gendarmes accompanying him. The operation, in which Küçük was implanted with a stent to prop open a clotted artery, took 40 minutes and was performed by a team of doctors led by Göksel Küçük.
He was hospitalized at Kocaeli State Hospital last week and there was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. He was then transferred to KOÜ Hospital due to suspicions of a blood clot. A medical exam last Thursday confirmed doctors’ suspicions. Küçük is reported to be in stable condition following the operation.
Küçük was arrested last July as part of an investigation launched into a house full of explosives and munitions in İstanbul’s Ümraniye district, and he has been in the Kandıra F-Type Prison on charges of “seeking to overthrow the government” and “provoking the people to an uprising.”
So far 46 people including Küçük have been arrested in the operation. The suspects are accused of being members of a criminal organization named “Ergenekon,” which is suspected of being behind a number of politically motivated attacks and murders over the past few years with the aim of provoking the people against the government.