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YÜCEL’S LAWYER: THE ECHR TAKES STEPS SLOWLY

Veysel Ok  who is the lawyer of journalist Deniz Yücel who is released with the initiative of German government said that now they are aiming to get the ECHR involved for the freedom of journalists in Turkey. Lawyer Ok said “However, the ECHR takes steps slowly. I worry that it would have fatal consequences for journalists in Turkey.” Yücel’s lawyer Ok attended a conference named “Turkey: Unlawful Arrests and Fail of the State of Law. Passiveness of the ECHR and EU Countries” organised by the Austrian Journalists Club. Veysel Ok said “There are still 152 journalists in Turkey’s prisons. The law is not implied during collection of evidences in most of these arrests. The indictments are based on the news articles.” Ok added that “During this period, being released pending trial is not even a possibility.” He gave example of the Altan brothers. Ok said “After a manipulated judiciary process the court ruled aggravated life sentence.”

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