A Turkish court found German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel guilty on Thursday of spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization. The man was sentenced in absentia to two years and nine months in prison.
The journalist, who has both German and Turkish nationality, worked in Turkey as a correspondent for, among other things world. He was arrested in early 2017 in the wake of the failed coup a year earlier.
Yücel was only allowed to leave the cell when charges were brought against him a year later. Turkish authorities accused him of spreading propaganda to the clergyman Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara sees as the main monument to the coup attempt, and the banned PKK.
Eighteen years in prison were demanded against Yücel. The journalist has always denied the allegations. After his release, he immediately returned to Germany, where he still lives.
The arrest led to tensions between Turkey and Germany
As a result of tensions, Turkish ministers were no longer allowed to speak at Turkish meetings in Germany, while Ankara stated that Germany supported the Gülen network.