A journalist shows a portrait of her colleague Ahmet Altan in front of an Istanbul court on June 19, 2017, while a trial against her took place
Turkish justice on Monday resumed a controversial trial against renowned journalists in this country, accused of being linked to the attempted coup in 2016, whose verdict is expected later this week.
The last stage of the trial against brothers Ahmet and Mehmet Altan, journalist Nazli Ilicak and four other people opened before noon on Monday, P24 site, specialized in press freedom, said on Twitter.
A prosecutor requested in December a life sentence for these journalists accused by the Turkish authorities of having tried to “overthrow the government and break with the constitutional order”.
But the journalists’ defenders reject these accusations against Altan and Ilicak, accused of sending “subliminal messages” on the eve of the failed coup of July 15, 2016.
According to the Turkish press, the verdict could be heard this week.
Last month, a Turkish court rejected the release of Mehmet Altan, despite a ruling by the Constitutional Court that saw his imprisonment as a “violation” of his rights.
Mehmet Altan, 65, is the author of several political works. He was arrested in September 2016 with his brother Ahmet, a 67-year-old novelist and journalist, known for having founded the opposition newspaper Taraf.
Ilicak, journalist and writer of 73 years, worked until 2013 for the great pro-government newspaper Sabah and was arrested at the end of July 2016.
Several journalists are imprisoned among the 55,000 people imprisoned after the failed coup d’état.
Turkey is ranked 155 out of a total of 180 countries in the press freedom status classification established by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) organization.