Turkish court rejects compensation for imprisonment of German-Turkish journalist

A Turkish court has rejected German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel’s request for compensation for his year-long imprisonment in Turkey, AP news reported.

A correspondent for Germany’s daily Die Welt, Yücel was detained on terrorism and propaganda charges as part of a Turkish government’s crackdown following the July 2016 coup attempt. The journalist, released from jail pending trial earlier this year and has since returned to Germany, was at the center of a diplomatic row between Ankara and Berlin.

Yücel was seeking 2,980,000 Turkish lira (or $483,000) in damages for “his unjust and unlawful imprisonment,” AP quoted his lawyer Veysel Ok as saying on Tuesday.

Yücel will appeal the case at a higher court and take it to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary, Ok said.