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Verdict expected as trial of exiled journalist resumes in Turkey



Verdict expected as trial of exiled journalist resumes in Turkey

A woman walks in front of the courthouse in Istanbul on December 11, 2019 during the trial of Metin Topuz, an US consulate staffer accused of spying and attempting to overthrow the government. – Topuz, a Turkish citizen and liaison with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, was arrested in 2017 and has been accused of ties to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who Ankara says ordered a failed 2016 coup. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)

An Istanbul court on Friday resumed trial against exiled journalist, Can Dundar over allegations of terrorism and espionage, with Dundar’s lawyer Abbas Yalcin telling dpa that a verdict is expected.

The prosecutor has asked for a sentence of up to 35 years over supporting a terrorist organisation and “military or political espionage.’’

Dundar, who’s being tried in absentia, fled to Germany in 2016 to escape legal charges.

The Friday’s trial is a 2015 news report by local daily Cumhuriyet containing information about Turkish intelligence sending arms shipments to Islamist rebels in Syria. At the time, Dundar was editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet.

An Istanbul court recently declared Dundar a fugitive, seizing all his assets in Turkey.

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