59 names added to journalist Deniz Yücel’s case over phone contacts

Telephone contacts of 59 journalists, politicians and intellectuals with recently released German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel have been included in the case file against Yücel. The prosecutor added these names, claiming that “they may be linked to a terrorist organisation” reported the Turkish left-wing opposition newspaper Birgün.

Die Welt reporter Deniz Yücel had been detained for just over a year without any charges against him after being arrested on the grounds of “making terrorist propaganda.”

Yücel had never been charged with an indictment. Yücel was not released following a hearing but he was released suddenly in mid-February, following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım held the day before his release.

However, charges were brought against Yücel, and he faces between 4 and 18 years sentence for terror propaganda and hate speech. The prosecution argues that Yücel is linked to both Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Gülen Movement, which Turkish government holds responsible of orchestrating the coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016 and labels as a terrorist organisation.