Turkish journalist Can Dündar has been sentenced to greater than 27 years in jail by the court docket in Istanbul for espionage and supporting a terrorist group, writes DW Wednesday. The previous editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Republic revealed a narrative a few Turkish arms provide to Syrian rebels in 2015.
Dündar gave Freedom Lecture in Amsterdam
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the time warned Dündar that he would pay a “excessive value” for the publication of the report, which uncovered actions of Turkish intelligence companies.
The journalist was not current on the listening to. In absentia the decide sentenced him to greater than eighteen years in jail for gathering state secrets and techniques for navy or political espionage. He was sentenced to a different eight years in jail for supporting an armed terrorist group.
His legal professionals didn’t attend the final listening to in protest and describe the conviction as politically motivated.
Dündar fled to Germany in 2016 and has lived in exile there ever since. A yr later he got here to the Netherlands to provide the Freedom Lecture in 2017 within the Amsterdam debate heart De Balie.
His arrival was unsure at first, as a result of Turkey had requested the worldwide investigative group Interpol to difficulty an arrest warrant in opposition to him. Solely when Amsterdam promised to not arrest him did the journalist come to the Netherlands.
Dündar survived an assault in 2016. He was then shot out of court docket. After he fled to Germany, Turkish authorities confiscated his spouse’s passport and confiscated his belongings.