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Oct 16 2018

Turkey asks Interpol to issue red notice for journalists Tanır and Dündar

A Turkish court on Tuesday requested Interpol issue red notices for the arrest of journalists İlhan Tanır and Can Dündar, Turkish news site Duvar reported.

Interpol is not obliged to issue red notices in response to such requests and countries are not obliged to act on them.

The Istanbul court made the request because Dündar and Tanır, both currently outside Turkey, have appeared to testify to the court, Duvar said.

Washington-based Tanır is the editor of Ahval’s English language service, while Dündar is the former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper.

A Turkish court in May 2016 convicted Dündar on charges of disclosing state secrets after he reported arms shipments to Syrian rebels by the Turkish intelligence service. Dündar left Turkey in June 2016 while appealing his conviction.

Dündar said on Twitter he had been travelling to several European countries freely and accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of trying to abuse Interpol to target opponents.

"Can a person sought with red notice travel like this? Erdoğan thought he could use Interpol as his police team. Interpol is aware of it. They no longer take Turkey's red notice applications seriously," Dündar tweeted.