Newspaper staff on trial for terror claims
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.