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The Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yücel demanded compensation for having been held in provisional detention in Istanbul for a year for alleged terrorism but without a formal accusation.
The sum demanded corresponds to an estimate that includes the money that the correspondent stopped receiving at that time for his work, the expenses in lawyers and the economic compensation for unjust deprivation of liberty, explained this Thursday (30.08.2018) his lawyer , Veysel Ok.
“Yücel should not have been arrested for having done his job as a journalist, the Government and Justice (of Turkey) must pay the price of this injustice,” Ok said.
Arrested in “inhuman conditions”
In the lawsuit that the informant has presented to the authorities of the Bosporus, Yücel denounces having been held in “inhumane conditions”.
Deniz Yücel was the first German journalist to be imprisoned as part of the offensive against the media initiated in the middle of the state of emergency dictated after the failed coup of July 2016.
Before his release in February this year, the Turkish prosecutor’s office applied against him for a sentence of 18 years in prison in a judicial process that is still open.
Yücel, who was arrested on February 14, 2017 in Istanbul, became the symbol of the diplomatic crisis that has long afflicted Germany and Turkey. The mediation of the Government of Angela Merkel made possible its liberation.
Yücel wants to set a precedent
The informant of the German newspaper Die Welt was accused of spreading propaganda of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), banned in Turkey, as well as of the movement led by the exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames of the attempted coup.
Deniz Yücel denied at any time the charges against him. With the claim for compensation, Yücel wants to set a precedent for other colleagues who have “also been arrested illegally and without evidence” in Turkey.
According to his lawyer, the Turkish-German journalist is willing to go to the European Court of Human Rights in case the country of the
Bosphorus refuses to pay compensation.