In Turkey, will have to answer, as of today, two German citizens before the court. Because of President insult a process against an employee of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, which is close to the FDP begins in Istanbul the Morning.

The indictment, according to which is present the German press Agency, is said to have used Aret D. prior to the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in June 2018 in a Tweet, the word “thief” (“bascalan”).

The word – a game with the word “basbakan” (Prime Minister) – is considered by the Turkish government, with particular displeasure. It went viral after 2013 in the Internet Audio-recordings appeared, the massive corruption should prove it by the then Prime Minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has denied the allegations. The President, insult to up to five years in prison.

Almost at the same time, the human rights activist Peter Steudtner is, however, in the absence – before the court. Steudtner had spent in 2017 due to a terror allegations of 113 days in Turkish prison, before he was allowed to leave the country. It is the seventh day of trial against Steudtner and ten other defendants, such as Steudtners lawyer Murat Boduroglu said on Wednesday. A judgment, he will not expect on Thursday. Possibly, but the state’s attorney will keep his plea, and his sentencing claim.

A series of arrests of German citizens “for political reasons” had burdened the relations between Germany and Turkey, the least difficult. Under German pressure, a few prominent prisoners were released by the end of 2017, however, and leave the country were allowed, including Steudtner is also the “world”Reporter Deniz Yücel, as well as a Translator and journalist Mesale Tolu.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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