Turkish court upholds seizure of assets ruling for journalist Can Dündar

A Turkish court on Wednesday denied an appeal by the lawyers of exiled journalist Can Dündar for a court order declaring him a fugitive and calling for the seizure of his assets, T24 news site reported.

The Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court ruled to uphold an earlier ruling for the seizure of the immovable properties of 54-year-old former Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief in Ankara, İstanbul and Muğla provinces.

The court also ruled to assign Turkey's Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) as the state-appointed official to oversee the administration of Dündar’s properties. 

Last month, an Istanbul court declared Dündar, who has been living in Germany since 2016, a "fugitive," paving the way for his assets and property to be seized.

A penal court in Istanbul had ordered Dündarto show up in court within 15 days, which the veteran journalist failed to do. The court issued the seizure order on Oct.7, after the period expired.

Dündar is facing up to 35 years in prison over charges of aiding and abetting a terrorist organisation, and military/political espionage.

The journalist had been sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison in May 2016 over Cumhuriyet newspaper’s coverage of the Turkish intelligence service allegedly shipping weapons to Syrian jihadist groups, known as the MİT trucks incident, as the paper’s editor-in-chief.

Turkey’s Court of Cassation overturned the sentence, leading to the most recent legal proceedings started by state prosecutors.