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US News Turkey: Journalist Ahmet Altan, imprisoned since 2016, finally free

02:15  15 april  2021
02:15  15 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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1. Ahmet Altan ( Turkey ). Senior journalist especially vulnerable to coronavirus in prison. Ahmet Altan , 70, has spent more than 1,500 days behind bars and, according to his lawyer, is surrounded by three neighboring cells displaying Covid-19 positive signs. Former chief editor for the shuttered daily Taraf, Altan has been detained since September 2016 .

Ahmet Hüsrev Altan (born 2 March 1950) is a Turkish journalist and author. A working journalist for more than twenty years, he has served in all stages of the profession, from being a night shift reporter to editor in chief in various newspapers.

Le journaliste et écrivain turc Ahmet Altan pose à son domicile quelques minutes après sa libération de prison, à Istanbul, le 14 avril 2021. © AFP - BUENENT KILIC Journalist and writer Turkish Ahmet Altan poses at his home a few minutes after his liberation from prison, in Istanbul, April 14, 2021.

In Turkey, Ahmet Altan is free. Following a decision of the Court of Cassation, this journalist and renowned writer left Wednesday evening Istanbul's prison where he had been incarcerated since 2016 for assumed links with the failed coup of the same year.

All smile, but in shock, Ahmet Altan found his children and his house, reports our correspondent to Istanbul, Anne Andlauer . "I do not know what I feel, everything happened so fast ... I do not even know exactly why I came out," said the journalist, who had spent more than four and a half years in prison.

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Turkish journalist and writer Ahmet Altan (C) hugs his friends and relatives after being realised briefly on November 4, 2019 - Copyright BULENT KILIC/AFP or licensors. In February 2018, all three were sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment , without parole, for “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order”. Mehmet Altan was released four months later on appeal. But on re-examination of their cases, Altan and Ilicak were retried on the lesser charge of aiding and abetting the Gülen movement, which is designated a terrorist organization in Turkey .

In July 2016 , Ahmet Altan and his brother, Mehmet, a prominent economist and journalist , were interviewed together on a television program the day before an attempted coup against President Erdogan. Turkish prosecutors later accused them of knowing in advance about the coup and sending "subliminal" messages in support of it during the interview. Supporters of the Altan brothers say this is false and farcical. They were sentenced to life in prison, but Mehmet was released 21 months later. Turkish journalist Mehmet Altan with his wife Umit Altan , June 27, 2018 outside the Silivri prison

The detention of the Founder of the Opposition Journal Taraf had become a symbol of attacks on freedom of expression in Turkey. Arrested in September 2016, Ahmet Altan was first sentenced to the life of February 2018 for "attempt to overthrow the constitutional order", a verdict canceled by the Court of Cassation.

But in 2019, a court sentenced him to 10 years in prison, while ordering his release under judicial review. Just eight days later, it is incarcerated for "complicity with a terrorist group", justice accusing him of "helped" the movement of the preacher Fethullah Gülen , suspect number 1 of the Attempted Putsch of July 2016. From the bottom of his cell, the journalist publishes the story of his daily life and becomes famous abroad.

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Alleged sympathies of the detained Turkish journalists between 2016 - 2019. Many journalists in Turkey are being persecuted and kept in jail all over the country.[1] Below is an extensive list of the prisoners, past and present. Total number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey since 2000 Media organizations such as Zaman newspaper, Cihan News Agency and Samanyolu TV, which were affiliated to the Fethullah Gülen group, were confiscated. Journalists working in these institutions were imprisoned . Life imprisonment was given to journalists such as Hidayet Karaca and Ahmet Altan .

Turkish writer and journalist Ahmet Altan has been released from prison, his lawyer said, after the country’s top appeals court overturned a verdict against him. The development came on Wednesday, a day after Europe’s human rights court said his detention for more than four years had violated his rights. The 71-year-old Altan has been in prison in western Istanbul since September 2016 on charges related to an attempted coup in July 2016 . He was arrested for allegations that he disseminated subliminal messages related to the coup attempt during a TV programme, as well as articles he had written

Once again, the Court of Cassation has canceled the verdict, ordering at the same time the release of the 71-year-old journalist. Stressing the length of its incarceration, the Court felt that it had not benefited from the reductions of sentence provided for by the Turkish Penal Code. The decision in its favor of the European Court of Human Rights will probably have played too. The day before, the ECHR had severely convicted Ankara for prolonged imprisonment of Ahmet Altan, particularly judging that he was not based on any tangible evidence.

Political resistance is a family story at the Altan. His father, the left politician, had been arrested 45 years earlier. His brother, Mehmet, had also been imprisoned for two years in connection with this same attempt at Putsch.

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