A Turkish court sentenced this Thursday to two years and nine months in prison for the Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yucel, who was released in 2018 and lives in the European country for spreading “propaganda” by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The Turkish prosecutor’s office had imposed a 16-year sentence on the journalist who works for the German newspaper “Die Welt” for allegedly spreading propaganda and inciting hatred. He was acquitted of this charge, according to the Turkish newspaper “Daily Sabah”. .
The court also acquitted him of spreading “propaganda” to the group, led by Islamist minister Fetulá Gulen, who accused Ankara of being behind the 2016 coup attempt, which he denied from the United States in which he lives imposed exile.
Yucel reported during a Berlin court appearance in 2019 that Turkish authorities tortured him in a high security prison near the city of Istanbul. The one-year detention of the journalist without charge against him triggered a serious diplomatic crisis between Berlin and Ankara.