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Deniz Yücel: European Court of Human Rights punishes Turkey


Almost four years after his release, Deniz Yücel prevailed before the European Court of Human Rights. Turkey has to pay 13,300 euros in compensation for the journalist's detention.

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Deniz Yucel

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has condemned Turkey for the imprisonment of the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel.

Turkey's actions violated Yücel's human rights to freedom and security as well as freedom of expression, according to the verdict, which was announced in writing on Tuesday (complaint number 27684/17).

Ankara now has to pay 13,300 euros in compensation to the 48-year-old journalist.

However, the judgment is not yet final.

The litigants can contest it within three months.

The »Welt« correspondent was detained without charge in the high-security prison Silivri west of Istanbul from February 2017 to February 2018.

Only after a long argument between Ankara and Berlin was Yücel released and able to leave the country, while charges were brought against him.

In July 2020, the journalist was then sentenced in absentia to around two years and ten months in prison for terrorist propaganda for the banned Kurdish Workers' Party PKK.

The procedure is under revision.


Source: spiegel

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