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COLUMNIST ALI UNALl IS NOT RELEASED

Ali Ünal, a former columnist of the now-defunct Zaman daily who has been held in custody since August 2016 has his second trial at Uşak 2nd Criminal Court. According to P24‘s news Ünal, his family members and lawyers attended the trial. Ünal faces two times aggravated life sentences plus 29,5 years in jail on charges of “attempt to destroy Constitutional order, establish and lead a terror group, being a member of a terror group”. Columnist Ali Ünal said in his defence: “I have never written in my life to provide a basis for a coup attempt. All my columns meant to warn about the risk of a coup.”  The court decided continuation of Ünal’s pre-trial detention and postponed the trial for a future date.

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