An Istanbul court has turned down requests that were launched for the release of veteran journalists Ahmet Şık, Murat Sabuncu and Akın Atalay three days ago.
Lawyers representing the three Cumhuriyet journalists submitted petitions to the Istanbul court overseeing the case, asking for the release of their clients over an earlier ruling by the Constitutional Court, on Jan 12.
Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that jailed journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay be released, saying their rights have been violated. Turhan Gunay, another Cumhuriyet journalist who spent 9 months before being released last summer, suffered from rights violations as well, the Constitutional Court said on Jan 11.
In their petitions, Şık, Sabuncu and Atalay said the Constitutional Court’s ruling should set a precedent, and asked to be released.
The Istanbul court turned down the request and said Constitutional Court decisions with regards to individual applications do not apply to other cases.
The Istanbul court has not released Altan and Alpay either.