January 16, 2021

Ten months in prison for trying to assassinate the Turkish journalist Can Dündar

Ten months in prison for trying to assassinate the Turkish journalist Can Dündar



A Turkish court has sentenced Murat Sahin, the man who two years ago shot the critical journalist Can Dündar when he was being tried for "disclosure of state secrets" and currently exiled in Germany, to ten months in prison.

Sahin fired a pistol at Dündar when the journalist went outside during a trial recess, shouting "traitor", but did not reach it and was reduced and handed over to the police by the wife and friends of the former editor-in-chief of the Turkish opposition newspaper "Cumhuriyet".

After six months of preventive detention, Sahin was sentenced to ten months in prison and to pay 4,500 liras (about 650 euros) for a fine.

On the same day of the attack, Dündar was sentenced to 5 years in prison for "revealing secrets of the State", by publishing images leaked to his newspaper by the police, which showed the shipment of arms from Turkey to Syria in the custody of the Turkish secret services .

The reporter appealed the sentence and went into exile in Germany, where he currently runs an opposition digital newspaper, while the Turkish Justice reviews his case and has issued a search and arrest warrant against him.

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