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Turkish author Ahmet Altan is free

With the magic power of the writer, he can go effortlessly through the walls of his prison, had said Ahmet Altan. And the fantasy was a judgment his sharpest sword against the absurdity of a Turkish court which had decreed imprisonment until the the end of life. But late on Monday night, the gates of a high-security prison opened for Altan, after a good three years actually in the vicinity of Istanbul.

magic was not in the game, but a new judgment, it was not less outrageous than the first one. But the justice seemed to have a way to put the writer and journalist, whose imprisonment has been internationally criticized walk free.

Altan was sentenced in a new process of a court in Istanbul because of the "support of a terrorist organization" to ten years and six months in prison. Due to the already for dismounted operations and for the term of imprisonment, the judge then ordered his immediate release, subject to conditions. The 69-Year-old must now report regularly to the police. In July, the highest court of appeal overturned the first judgment.

change of power, Yes, coup no

The Whole thing is a tragedy remains. The allegations were based on a TV talk show, in the Altan shortly before the coup attempt, said in July 2016: "The ACP will lose their Power, and they will be put before the court." The AKP is the party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The statement was considered by the judiciary as a "subliminal message" to the Gülen movement, which is made by the government for the coup attempt. He had always pleaded for a change of power through elections, defended the author.

On the 25. November Altan in Munich, the siblings Scholl prize is awarded in absentia, because with the notification requirements is usually connected to a permanent exit barrier. At the beginning of October, the exchange had announced the Association of the German book trade and the city of Munich, to award the prize to the recipient. Altan is for his prison diary ("I'm going to award the world never see you again"), from which the Jury says, it is a witness to "the decision to be in spite of all the hardships stronger than the interrogator, Prosecutor and judge".

"in There, there are thousands of Innocent"

The book was published a year ago, and has already been translated into many languages. Altan also the Kafkaesque describes the first court proceedings in which the judge, almost with regret, remarked: "you Would have written only novels and not with political issues." Gazebo novels are full of historical references, there are stories of love and intrigue, in times of decline of the Sultan's reign. Anyone who wants can read it today, current references. As a Journalist Altan was one of the First, the calling in the 90s, more rights for the Kurds and, later, the murder and expulsion of the Ottoman Armenians call a genocide.

As Altan had to leave on Monday just before midnight of his cell, waited outside the prison for his daughter, Sanem, friends and fellow Journalists have walls on him. They asked if he was sorry to have so many years lost. Altan answered: "I haven't lost." He had not allowed his adversaries"". In his cell he had written more books. But he was sad because of the many others who were not allowed to leave the prison. Altan said: "in There there are thousands of innocent people."

Created: 06.11.2019, 14:14 PM

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