The house belonging to veteran journalist Şahin Alpay, who was released pending trial on May 17 after spending 20 months in jail, has been subject to frequent and random searchings by police even at midnights, according to Alpay’s lawyer. 

Alpay was jailed in the aftermath of a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 over alleged links to the Gülen movement and “attempting to overthrow the government.”

“These daily searchings are clear violation of the right of privacy and the right to respect for family life,” the lawyer told.

On May 17, the İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court decided for Alpay’s house arrest, judicial probation and an international travel ban.

The decision came upon an application by Alpay’s lawyers after an İstanbul high criminal court had refused to release him despite an earlier Constitutional Court ruling on Jan. 11, 2018 that his right to freedom and security as well as to freedom of expression and freedom of the press had been violated.

The Constitutional Court ruled at the time that Alpay, along with fellow jailed journalist Mehmet Altan, should be released due to a violation of their rights; however, local courts refused to free them, arguing that the top court’s ruling was not binding.