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Die Welt journalist Yücel files lawsuit against Turkey for unjust imprisonment

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Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yücel, who works for the German Die Welt newspaper and was jailed for about a year in Turkey on terror charges, has filed a TL1 million (around $155,000) lawsuit against Turkey on the grounds that he was unjustly imprisoned.

The news about the suit filed by Yücel was shared by the Turkish Twitter account of international journalism organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday.

The lawsuit was filed by Yücel’s lawyer, Veysel Ok, at the İstanbul 17th High Criminal Court, and the first hearing will be held on Sept. 25, according to RSF’s statement.

Yücel was working as a Die Welt correspondent in Turkey when he was taken into custody by police in İstanbul on Feb. 14, 2017. A warrant for his arrest was issued a short time later. By March, the 44-year-old journalist was transferred to İstanbul’s maximum-security Silivri Prison and court complex. Many press and rights advocates considered him a hostage of Turkey’s government, and his arrest strained relations between Ankara and Berlin.

The journalist was released pending trial on Feb. 16, 2018. He quickly left Turkey and returned to Germany.

The next hearing in Yücel’s trial will be held on Dec. 20. He faces a jail sentence of up to 18 years on charges of disseminating terrorist propaganda and fomenting hatred and enmity among the public.

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