Turkey issues arrest warrants against opposition newspaper

Four Sozcu managers and reporters suspected of Gulen links

19 May, 11:44

    ISTANBUL - Turkish authorities have issued four arrest warrants for managers and reporters of the daily newspaper Sozcu including publisher Burak Akbay for suspected links with the alleged coup plotter Fethullah Gulen, pro-government newspaper Sabah reported Friday.
    The paper's managers are reportedly accused of publishing on its website the address and pictures of the Marmaris hotel accommodating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just a few hours before the failed coup last July.
    Arrest warrants have also been issued against website manager Mediha Olgun, financial affairs manager Yonca Kaleli and reporter Gokmen Ulu, whose home has already been searched.
    The paper's lawyers however say they have not received official notice of the arrest warrants. Meanwhile, Turkish CNN reports that Akbay is presently in London, while Olgun and Ulu have already been detained. Launched in 2007, Sozcu is one of the most popular opposition dailies in Turkey, with a print run of over 250,000 copies.

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