Turkey: A journalist has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for espionage and aiding an armed terrorist organization
The lawyer for the Turkish journalist, Jan Dundar, said today, Wednesday, that his client has been sentenced to 27 years and 6 months in prison, for “espionage and aiding an armed terrorist organization.”
The lawyer believed that the verdict was “politically motivated.”
Lawyers for the former editor of Cumhuriyet announced their refusal to attend the last session of his trial and said in a written statement prior to the hearing: “We do not want to take part in a practice that legitimizes a pre-decided political ruling.”
The verdict was postponed after Dundar’s lawyers earlier this month requested to replace the judge to ensure the fairness of the trial, as the court rejected the request.
Also, a court in Istanbul considered Dundar a fugitive and confiscated all his assets in Turkey.
Dundar is currently living in Germany and was facing prison sentences of up to 35 years for supporting terrorism and political or military espionage. That “Turkish intelligence smuggled weapons into Syria,” and they were later released pending their appeal.
Source: “Reuters+ rt