News­pa­per staff on trial for ter­ror claims

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

IS­TAN­BUL: The trial of 17 ex­ec­u­tives, re­porters and car­toon­ists of the Cumhuriyet daily started yes­ter­day over their al­leged links to ter­ror groups.

The de­fen­dants, in­clud­ing the news­pa­per’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Akin Ata­lay, and ed­i­tor-in-chief Mu­rat Sabuncu, are accused of hav­ing links to the out­lawed Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party and the so-called Fethul­lahist Ter­ror Or­gan­i­sa­tion, which Ankara says is be­hind last year’s coup at­tempt.

Eleven have been de­tained, while six are free but un­der ju­di­cial su­per­vi­sion, Cumhuriyet said.

Can Dun­dar, the daily’s for­mer ed­i­tor-in-chief, will be tried in ab­sen­tia as he fled to Ger­many af­ter be­ing briefly jailed over a story ac­cus­ing the govern­ment of send­ing weapons to Syr­ian op­po­si­tion forces.

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