India Turkish court refuses to release Hozan Cane

18:40  06 august  2020
18:40  06 august  2020 Source:   rp-online.de

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Istanbul. Around two years ago, Hozan Cane from Cologne was convicted of terrorist charges in Turkey. Now your case will be reopened. But she still has to stay in prison.

 Die deutsch-kurdische Sängerin Hozan Cane (Archivfoto). © - The German-Kurdish singer Hozan Cane (archive photo).

Despite criticism from Germany, the German singer Hozan Cane, who was convicted two years ago in Turkey for terrorist allegations, has to remain in prison. When the case was renegotiated on Thursday in Edirne, western Turkey, the judges ordered the remand custody to be continued. The court wanted to wait for a medical examination of Canes' health, it said, among other reasons.

Canes attorney Newroz Akalan criticized that the continuation of the pre-trial detention equals a prison sentence. The human rights policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, Frank Schwabe, who observed the process, was disappointed. "That's not what we hoped for, Hozan Cane is wrongly in jail," he said. Representatives of the German Consulate General in Istanbul also observed the process. The case strains German-Turkish relations. The federal government has long been trying to find a diplomatic solution.

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Cane was arrested in Edirne shortly before the presidential and parliamentary elections in June 2018. In November of the same year, she was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for membership in a terrorist organization. The terrorist organization means the banned Kurdish Workers' Party PKK.

The highest court of appeal had not confirmed the judgment and ordered a new hearing because there was no clear evidence of PKK membership. The prosecution relied on content from Facebook and Twitter profiles, among other things. The case has now been reopened.

Cane, who was switched on by video from the prison in Istanbul on Thursday, said tearfully that the profiles did not belong to her. "I just sing songs and make a living doing it," she said. She never had any connections with an illegal organization.

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Your manager Mehmet Serif Akbas testified that the profiles to which the indictment relates were fake accounts over which Cane had no control. Cane said she had severe asthma and high blood pressure. “My health has deteriorated since I was detained. Every day I wake up with nightmares. ”

Due to corona requirements, only a small number of observers were allowed into the courtroom on Thursday. Cane's daughter Gönül Örs, who is also charged with terrorist charges in Turkey, was present at the trial against her mother. She clearly took the decision of the court with her.

House arrest against Örs was lifted in June. However, she is not allowed to leave the country and must appear before the court in Istanbul on October 1st. The singer with the stage name Cane has Kurdish roots and only has German citizenship. Her trial in Edirne will continue on September 3rd.

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