Turkey has released a senior writer following a European human rights resolution
Turkey has released famous journalist Ahmet Altan after nearly five years in prison on charges of a failed military coup after the European Court of Human Rights ruled he had been wrongfully arrested.
The decision of the Turkish appellate court came on Wednesday visit to Turkey last week European Union leaders called on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to respect civil liberties to improve relations with the bloc.
Altan, 71, was jailed in September 2016, two months after an army faction tried to oust Erdogan. They accused the followers of an Islamic clergyman living in the US of rebellion and after Erdogan repressed his opponents, they imprisoned tens of thousands of people.
The ECHR decided on Tuesday Altan’s original arrest he violated his rights to liberty and free speech because he had no “reasonable suspicion” and ordered the government to pay compensation. He was accused of sending a “subliminal message” to promote the coup through criticism of the government.
Altan, who is also a novelist, was jailed for life, but received a new trial and was sentenced to more than a decade in prison for aiding terrorists. His lawyer, Veysel Ok, said the appellate court has overturned that conviction and a lower court will try Altan again,
Figen Calikusu, another of his lawyers, said the ECHR’s decision is binding on the lower court. “After the ECHR’s decision showed that there was no crime, the roadmap is completely acquittal,” he said.
Turkey has arrested more journalists than any other nation, as well as many dissidents, and ignored them Freedom of Kurdish politician SELHATTIN DEMIRTAS ECHR rulings and Osman Kavala, head of civil society.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Charles Michel, President of the European Council, met in Erdogan on April 6 in Turkey and said Turkey must respect the resolutions of the LAW for Turkey, a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Turkey is officially a candidate for EU membership, but accession negotiations have stalled due to poor relations with some members and the erosion of fundamental rights. In recent months, Erdogan has been committed to political and legal reforms while trying to resolve close relations with the West and improve trade relations. Turkey’s fragile economy.