Spanish journalist Beatriz Yubero, who has recently been deported from Turkey as part of the gov’t purge, was deprived of food and water, denied medical care and the right to contact their families and lawyers during detention, a source told Turkey Purge.
Yubero was taken into custody early on Aug 5 reportedly over several tweets she shared about President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. After almost 36 hours of interrogation by Turkish police, she was deported as of Aug. 6 evening.
The journalist wasn’t permitted to contact officials from the Spanish Embassy in Ankara, sources, who asked to remain anonymous, told Turkey Purge. The same source also claimed that Yubero was subjected to a strip search during her detention period.
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently requested an explanation from Turkey by deportation of Yubero.
According to Diken News Portal, police asked Yubero whether she has any links to Gülen Movement, of which the Turkish government accuses of being behind the failed July 15 coup.
The news portal also reported that Yubero was asked the following questions during detention: “What do you do in Turkey?”, “What is your religion?”, “Do you know anyone affiliated with the Gulen Movement?”, “Do you know anything about Gulen Movement?”
Yubero, working for various media both in Turkey and in Spain, has spent two years studying the Ph.D. in the Department of Journalism at the University of Ankara with a thesis on Islamic State.