Turkish journalist Can Dundar has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison for allegedly supporting terrorism and “military or political espionage.”
A court in Istanbul sentenced Dundar to 18 years and nine months for obtaining state secrets for the purpose of political or military espionage, the verdict said on Wednesday. The court also sentenced him to an additional eight years and nine months for supporting an armed terrorist organization without being a member.
Currently in exile in Germany, the former editor-in-chief of Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet was tried in absentia.
Judges at Istanbul’s Caglayan courthouse issued the verdict despite the absence of the defense team. Dundar’s lawyers said they would not attend the final hearing, slamming the charges as politically motivated.
Dundar fled to Germany in 2016 to escape legal charges after being convicted of espionage for publishing a story about Turkish arms shipments to Syrian rebels in 2015.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had warned Dundar would “pay a heavy price” for the Cumhuriyet report exposing Turkey’s intelligence agency while he was leading the newspaper.
Main Photo: Turkish journalist Can Dundar EPA-EFE/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL
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