Turkish local court rejects Supreme Court ruling for release of journalists Alpay and Altan

The Istanbul 13th Criminal Court has ordered a continuation of remand for journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan, despite Thursday's decision from the Turkish Constitutional Court for their release.

Altan and Alpay made individual applications to the court claiming that their detention had violated their personal freedoms, freedom of expression and the 18th clause of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The journalists’ lawyers told Ahval earlier on Thursday that the decision is likely to set a precedent for other imprisoned journalists.


Alpay’s lawyer Veysel Ok said the local court’s decision is contrary to the Turkish constitution.

The independent news outlet Diken reported that the local court had issued the order for the continuation of remand for the journalists because the court did not receive the Constitutional Court order in due course.

As news of the local court’s failure to comply with the Constitutional Court’s order was reported, the Constitutional Court tweeted on its official Twitter account that the order is available on its website.