Royal Oak Tribune

Court convicts former editor on terror charges


ISTANBUL » A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted the former editor-in- chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet on espionage and terror-related charges over a 2015 news story, a verdict the exiled journalist said exemplifie­d the pressures on Turkish media. The court in Istanbul found Can Dundar guilty of “obtaining secret documents for espionage” and “knowingly and willingly aiding a terrorist organizati­on without being a member.” It sentenced him to 27 ½ years in prison. Dundar fled to Germany in 2016, and he was tried in absentia. His lawyers said the proceeding­s did not adhere to the standards for a fair trial and judicial impartiali­ty, and they did not attend Wednesday’s court hearing in protest.

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