Turkey: German-Turk for 23 years imprisonment on allegations of espionage

A 77-year-old German-Turk was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison in Ankara on charges of espionage, among other things.

Istanbul – A 77-year-old German-Turk was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison in Ankara, among other things on charges of espionage. Enver Altayli received a sentence of 13 years and four months on Monday for military and political espionage, as his daughter and lawyer Dilara Yilmaz told the German press agency. The Ankara court also sentenced Altayli to ten years in prison for membership in a terrorist organization. This refers to the Gülen movement, which the Turkish leadership blames for the attempted coup in 2016. Yilmaz described the verdict as politically motivated and announced an appeal.

Altayli, who claims to have worked for the Turkish secret service MIT decades ago, was arrested in Antalya, southern Turkey, in 2017. He has since been in solitary confinement in the Sincan maximum security prison in Ankara.

Yilmaz said the decision shows that criticism of the government is being construed as espionage. Her father denounced, among other things, that democratic structures and institutions had been damaged by the measures taken by the Turkish leadership after the attempted coup. During the course of the proceedings, the lawyer repeatedly denounced that evidence obtained through torture had been admitted. Tens of thousands were arrested in Turkey after the coup attempt. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also dismissed more than 100,000 state employees by decree. (dpa)


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