Turkish journalist Murat Aksoy was sent back to prison on Thursday after a regional appeals court upheld a local court’s ruling to imprison him for 2 years and 1 month.
A former columnist for the now now-closed Bugun daily newspaper, Aksoy spent 421 days in pretrial detention over his alleged links to the Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of being behind a failed coup last year. The movement denies involvement.
Aksoy was released in Oct, 2017 but an Istanbul court later convicted him of “aiding a terrorist organization,” a decision that has been upheld by an appeals court very recently.
On Nov 22, he was re-arrested and sent back to Metris Prison in Ankara.
Turkey is the leading jailer of journalists with more than 200 media personnel behind bars.
In a tweet posted on Thursday, Aksoy wrote: “From this day on, we will be away from each other for a while. My trip is to the prison again. Hope to see you as soon as possible. Take good care of yourselves and our country.”
Aksoy’s lawyer Yaman Akdeniz who also tweeted from his Twitter account said Aksoy turned himself in and was subsequently arrested and sent to Metris Prison. The lawyer said the prison administration will consider allowing Aksoy to serve the rest of his sentence while he is released on judicial probation.