Jour­nal­ist seeks asy­lum in Ro­ma­nia

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BUCHAREST: A Turk­ish jour­nal­ist ac­cused by Turkey of ter­ror­ism said yes­ter­day that he had ap­plied for po­lit­i­cal asy­lum in Ro­ma­nia after Turkey sought his ex­tra­di­tion.

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties ac­cuse Kamil Demirkaya of links to Fethul­lah Gulen, the US-based cleric blamed by Turkey for or­ches­trat­ing a failed coup in 2016.

Demirkaya told the Court of Ap­peal he op­posed the ex­tra­di­tion re­quest be­cause “jus­tice doesn’t func­tion in Turkey”.

“There is tor­ture and un­ortho­dox meth­ods which are used against de­tainees,” said Demirkaya, who was re­leased pend­ing the rul­ing. He de­nies al­le­ga­tions of ter­ror­ism.”

TURK­ISH jour­nal­ist Kamil Demirkaya.

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