Turkey Court Hands Heavy Jail Terms To Six Journalists
Sumaira FH 8 months ago Fri 06th July 2018 | 08:55 PM
A Turkish court on Friday handed out heavy jail sentences to six journalists from the now-shut down Zaman newspaper which backed US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen blamed for the failed 2016 coup.
Istanbul, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - APP - 6th Jul, 2018 ) :A Turkish court on Friday handed out heavy jail sentences to six journalists from the now-shut down Zaman newspaper which backed US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen blamed for the failed 2016 coup.
Eleven suspects four of them in detention -- appeared before an Istanbul court in the final hearing of the case involving the Zaman newspaper shut down by the authorities in 2016 over links to the Gulen group.
Journalists Mumtazer Turkone and Mustafa Unal were sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison and the judge ordered them to remain in jail.
The court handed jail terms of eight years and nine months for Ahmet Turan Alkan and nine years for Ibrahim Karayegen. But both were also ordered to be freed under judicial control which means they are unable to leave the country and must report to police.
Five other journalists and former columnists -- Lale Sariibrahimoglu, Orhan Kemal Cengiz, Ihsan Dagi, Mehmet Ozdemir and Nuriye Ural -- were acquitted of all charges, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Turkish authorities have launched a vast crackdown in the wake of the failed coup, arresting tens of thousands of people including journalists under a two year state of emergency.
The preacher and his supporters however firmly reject any link to the coup bid and insist they promote a peaceful and modern form of islam.