Turkish journalist Kadri Gürsel was sent back to prison on Wednesday on charges of “supporting terrorism,” joining six other staff of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet already behind bars.
More than twenty people stood trial last year in a case related to the publications of the Cumhuriyet newspaper. The trial concluded with 18 defendants, journalists as well as media executives and staff, being handed down various prison sentences. A Turkish appeals court on Feb. 19 upheld the sentences, meaning those who received less than five years will have to start serving their sentences, while others with longer sentences will be able to lodge an appeal with a higher court.
Accordingly, Musa Kart, Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Emre İper, Hakan Kara,
Önder Çelik and Güray Öz were sent to prison last month to serve the remainder of their sentences.
Today, Kadri Gürsel joined them in prison.