FILE PHOTO: Journalist Mehmet Altan waves to media after being launched from the jail in Silivri, close to Istanbul, Turkey, June 27, 2018. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s excessive courtroom overruled life sentences in opposition to three journalists, who had been sentenced over alleged hyperlinks to the community of U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, state-owned Anadolu information company reported on Friday.
The Turkish courtroom cleared journalist Ahmet Altan in addition to Nazli Ilicak, each defendants in the identical case, of prices associated to violating the structure, Anadolu reported.
Nevertheless, the courtroom maintained that Ahmet Altan and Ilicak aided the Gulen community, accused by Ankara of orchestrating the 2016 coup try, the company mentioned.
The courtroom additionally dominated to acquit journalist and brother Mehmet Altan from each prices together with structure violation and aiding the Gulen community, resulting from lack of enough and convincing proof, Anadolu mentioned.
A decrease courtroom will re-hear the instances in opposition to all three journalists following the upper courtroom ruling.
The case drew criticism from rights teams and Turkey’s Western allies over a crackdown after a coup try and over erosion of judicial independence underneath President Tayyip Erdogan.
Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Enhancing by Jonathan Spicer and Andrew Cawthorne