Journalist with cancer to be released from prison
Kurdish journalist Devrim Ayik, who suffers from Crohn's disease and colon cancer, will be released from prison. The arrest warrant was lifted at the request of his lawyer, as Ayik belongs to the (high) risk group in the case of coronavirus infection.
The arrest warrant against Kurdish journalist Devrim Ayik has been lifted. A court in the Turkish Mediterranean metropolis of Antalya on Tuesday approved a corresponding request by Ayik's lawyer and ordered his release from prison. Ayik is suffering from Crohn's disease and colon cancer. This puts him in the (high) risk group in the case of coronavirus infection.
Attorney Ramazan Gökalp expects his client to be released from prison later today. However, his client will be placed under house arrest. In addition, a ban on leaving the country has been imposed.
Devrim Ayik has been in the L-type prison of Antalya since October 2019. Exactly one year earlier, he had been released from prison after three years on remand and was under house arrest until his renewed arrest. At the time of his arrest, Ayik was an employee of the pro-Kurdish magazine Özgür Halk (Free Folk). He is accused of "membership in a terrorist organisation" and "spreading terror propaganda". The trial against the journalist continues.