The İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court has reportdely refused to comply with the Constitutional Court on a recent release judgement for 73-year-old columnist Şahin Alpay.

Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that jailed journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay be released, saying their rights have been violated.

Altan, a professor of economics at İstanbul University and a columnist known for his liberal views and criticism of the government, and Alpay, a veteran journalist and columnist for the now-closed Zaman and Today’s Zaman dailies, were jailed in a crackdown on media after an abortive coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

The two are charged with membership in a terrorist organization, abetting a coup against the government and attempting to destroy the constitutional order. Prosecutors also accuse the suspects of links to the Gülen group, blamed by the Turkish government of having masterminded the putsch.

Mehmet Altan was arrested along with his brother Ahmet Altan, a novelist and former editor-in-chief of the closed-down Taraf daily, on charges of sending “subliminal messages” to coup plotters in a TV program on July 14, a day before the coup attempt.

Both deny the charges lodged against them.

 

 

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