Osman Yakut, a reporter for the now-defunct Zaman newspaper’s Antalya office has been under arrest pending trial for 17 months, his wife Gülizar Yakut said.
According to local newspaper Antalya Korfez, the court in charge ruled to keep behind bars four arrested suspects including Yakut and the newspaper’s Antalya representative Tuncer Cetinkaya, in a trial against the Gulen movement’s alleged supporters.
The final hearing was scheduled for Feb 1, 2018.
The government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt and calls it a terror group while the latter denies charges. Zaman was earlier shut down over Gulen links.
“My husband neither has Bylock nor has he another evidence against him. He has been under arrest just because of the testimony of a witness from his education years. There is no other accusation. My husband was arrested 10 months after we got married and he has been in jail for 17 months. We are separated for longer than we lived together. I want to get rid of courtrooms and struggle to earn a living like normal people. I am tired of going home alone,” Osman’s wife told.
Turkish government believes ByLock was a top communication tool among Gulenists and has prisoned thousands of people including Amnesty Turkey chairman Taner Kilic for ByLock use.
Both Tuncer and Osman are accused of membership to a terror group and face from 7 to 17 years in jail.
Tuncer’s daughter Rahime Gül Çetinkaya earlier begged for help for her father who, she said, faces the risk of death from serious health complications.
“My father lost 30 kg after he was jailed. He has been diagnosed with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Despite a medical report stating that he must remain at home, they have not released my father,” Rahime said mid last month.