Turkey court sentences exiled journalist Dundar to 27 years jail
23 dec 2020
On Wednesday, a Turkish court in Istanbul sentenced Cab Dundar, the former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily to more than 27 years in jail on charges of aiding a terror group and espionage.
The court found him guilty after he fled to Germany in 2016. He was sentenced to 18 years and nine months for "securing confidential information for espionage" and eight years and nine months for "aiding a terrorist group" led by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen.
Turkey is often condemned by rights activists for curbing press freedom by arresting journalists and shutting down media outlets who raise their voices.
It is listed among the top jailors after China in the annual global report by a US-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
It found 37 journalists imprisoned this year.
Dundar was previously jailed in 2015 and was released in February 2016 after a Constitutional Court ruled that the detention violated their rights to liberty and freedom of the press. A Turkish court ordered the seizure of his property and froze his Turkish bank accounts in October.