Doğan Akhanlı, a Turkish-born German author, died of cancer on October 31, at the age of 64 in Berlin.
Akhanlı, born in 1957 in Turkey, has lived in Cologne as a freelance author since 1992. Before fleeing to Germany, he was arrested several times in Turkey on politically-motivated charges.
In 2017, he was briefly detained by Spanish police due to an Interpol red notice. He was however released after it was revealed that the Turkish government used the International Notice System to target political opponents who have done nothing more than criticize the government.
Akhanli was a member of PEN International and has many writings over human rights issues as well as the Armenian genocide. His brief detention in Spain was part of a “targeted hunt against critics of the Turkish government living abroad,” Akhanli’s lawyer Ilias Uyar told German media.
Akhanli’s detention came only days after Swedish-Turkish writer Hamza Yalçın was taken under custody in Barcelona over another Interpol warrant issued by Turkey.