Turkey sentences 2 former heads of Amnesty International

6 years and 3 months to former chair for 'terrorism'

03 July, 18:11

    Idil Eser, former director of Amnesty International in Turkey, after her release from jail Idil Eser, former director of Amnesty International in Turkey, after her release from jail

    ISTANBUL - An Istanbul court on Friday sentenced 4 human rights activists in the 'Buyukada trial', including two heads of Amnesty International in the country.

    Six years and three months in jail were given to former chair of the organization, Taner KIlic, and two years and one month for ''supporting a terrorist organization'' to Idil Eser, former country director, as well as two other activists.

    The other 7 defendants were acquitted.

    The prosecution had asked that 6 of the defendants be sentenced, including Kilic and Eser, and for the acquittal of the other 5, including 2 foreigners: Germany's Peter Steudtner and Sweden's Ali Gharavi.

    The sentence arrived at the end of the hearing on Friday.

    Kilic was released in August 2018 after 14 months in custody after his arrest along with the other activists, part of the so-called 'Istanbul 10', for a 2017 meeting on the island of Buyukada that magistrates have deemed to have been subversive in nature.

    All of the defendants pleaded not guilty.

    The former Amnesty International director commented by saying that the trials aim to silence those charged and to make it clear to all society that those defending human rights and telling the truth do so at their own peril.

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