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Turkey: Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak still in jail as retrial commences on new bogus terrorism charges

first_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedWomenJudicial harassment On 8 October, the retrial of journalists, writers and media workers Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak, Yakup Şimşek, Fevzi Yazıcı and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül on terrorism charges began at the High Penal Court No. 26 in Istanbul. The retrial on these charges was ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeals in July 2019. ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) observed the opening hearing of the retrial. The court issued an interim decision ordering the continued detention of all defendants apart from Mehmet Altan, who had previously been released following decisions by the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights that his rights had been violated. The cases of Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak have been prioritised by the European Court of Human Rights, but are still pending. The undersigned organisations call for all defendants to be released, for the trial to be halted and all charges dropped given the lack of credible evidence presented in the indictment or referred to in the Supreme Court of Appeals decision.No prima facie caseIn July 2019, the Supreme Court of Appeals quashed the defendants’ convictions for ‘attempting to overthrow the constitutional order through violence and force’. The decision stated there could be no causal link established between the evidence presented and the crime, an argument also made by ARTICLE 19 in an expert opinion presented to the trial court. The Supreme Court of Appeals did not issue any new charges against Mehmet Altan but held that Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak should be charged with ‘aiding a terrorist organisation’ and the other defendants, Yakup Şimşek, Fevzi Yazıcı, Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül should be charged with ‘membership of a terrorist organisation’. The undersigned organisations believe that these new terrorism charges violate the defendants’ right to freedom of expression and that the evidence which has been relied upon to pursue them is as unrelated to terrorism as it was to the sedition charges. We are concerned that the retrial forms yet another phase of the systematic judicial harassment of journalists in Turkey.Concerns of bias at the trialConcerns about the appearance of bias were raised by defence lawyers during the hearing. The panel of judges was the same as those who had refused to implement the earlier judgment of the Constitutional Court: that Mehmet Altan’s rights had been violated due to his pre-trial detention. The defence lawyers for Mehmet Altan have also been filing motions with the Council of Judges and Prosecutors for the removal of the panel of judges on the grounds that they were not impartial during the previous trial. ARTICLE 19 and RSF monitored all hearings in that trial and believe the case to have been politically-motivated and that the defendants’ rights to a fair trial were violated before and during proceedings.Inconsistent Judgments at the Constitutional CourtIn January 2018, the Constitutional Court ruled that there had been a violation of the right to liberty and security, and the right to freedom of expression in the case of Mehmet Altan, but in July 2019 the court ruled that there had been no violation of these rights in the case of Ahmet Altan. While the evidence presented against Ahmet and Mehmet Altan is not strictly identical, it is hard to see how the evidence presented against Ahmet Altan, which consists mainly of his articles and speeches, could justify any criminal charges let alone terrorism-related charges. Indeed, five Constitutional Court judges dissented on the case of Ahmet Altan, including the presiding judge. While the European Court of Human Rights has considered the Constitutional Court capable of being an effective remedy to human rights violations, we believe that in this case the Constitutional Court has not provided an effective remedy due to the inconsistency of decision making. We are also concerned about the lack of implementation of its decision regarding Mehmet Altan by the trial court. Impact of European Court of Human Rights’ ruling on the trial The European Court of Human Rights issued a decision in Mehmet Altan’s case in March 2018. The Court found that the applicant’s rights to liberty and security and to freedom of expression had been violated. In so doing, it endorsed the decision of the Constitutional Court that Mehmet Altan’s pre-trial detention had been unjustified.This decision has had a clear impact on the outcome of the trial of Mehmet Altan: the Supreme Court of Appeals referred to the rulings of both the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights in support of its decision to quash Mehmet Altan’s conviction on charges of ‘attempting to overthrow the constitutional order through violence and force’.The European Court has yet to rule on the applications of Ahmet Altan and other journalists and members of civil society, such as Osman Kavala, who has been in pre-trial detention for over 700 days detained on politically motivated charges. We believe that a ruling from the European Court could have a decisive impact on the current criminal proceedings against them.Head of Europe and Central Asia at ARTICLE 19, Sarah Clarke said:“We are increasingly seeing disturbingly inconsistent decisions issued by the Constitutional Court, raising the spectre of political interference. At the same time, the rights of Ahmet Altan and others continue to be flagrantly violated.We believe the role of the ECtHR in identifying rights violations in these cases is critical and we hope to see the court review these cases as a matter of urgency, especially in light of the dissenting opinions at the Constitutional level in the case of Ahmet Altan.”We, the undersigned organisations call on the Turkish authorities to release, halt the trial and drop these baseless charges against the defendants immediately.ARTICLE 19Amnesty InternationalArticulo 21Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI)Civic Space Studies AssociationDanish PENEuropean Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)English PENFreedom HouseGerman PENGlobal Editors Network (GEN)Human Rights WatchInternational Federation of Journalists (IFJ)International Press Institute (IPI)Norwegian PENOsservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT)P24 (Platform for Independent Journalism)PEN AmericaPEN InternationalReporters Without Borders (RSF)South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)Swedish PENBackground on the case News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedWomenJudicial harassment News Receive email alerts Related documents altans_case_background.pdfPDF – 122.42 KB RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summitcenter_img October 18, 2019 Turkey: Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak still in jail as retrial commences on new bogus terrorism charges April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Help by sharing this information From letf to right: Mehmet Altan, Ahmet Altan, and Nazlı Ilıcak Newslast_img read more


Man’s body found in Dungloe

first_img Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – November 2, 2011 Facebook Twitter Newsx Adverts RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterestcenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest The body of a male has been discovered at a house at Chapel Road, Dungloe on Tuesday.Gardaí have sealed off the area near the rented premises awaiting the arrival of scenes of crimes officers.A spokesman at the Garda Press office last night confirmed that the body remains at the house and that the scene has been preserved. WhatsApp Twitter Man’s body found in Dungloe Previous articleMan in serious condition following second Derry stabbingNext articleCouncillor launches scathing attack on local media News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more


Clippers’ Landry Shamet invited to Team USA’s National Team camp

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum One meaningful camp in the books, another prestigious one coming up for Clippers guard Landry Shamet.The 22-year-old Shamet has been invited to join Zion Williamson as part of a 10-man “select” team comprised of up-and-coming players at Team USA Basketball’s training camp in Las Vegas in August, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.“Incredibly excited for the opportunity to participate with USA Men’s Basketball this summer!” Shamet wrote in a tweet Thursday morning. “I can’t wait!”Shamet recently returned to Wichita State, where he’d starred for the Shockers, to host the Landry Shamet Basketball Camps for boys and girls. When the Clippers’ season ended, he said he was already looking forward to “being able to kind of go back and show a little love.” Judging from footage on his Instagram account, he received an enthusiastic and loving welcome back. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates After the Philadelphia 76ers drafted Shamet out of Wichita State with the No. 26 overall pick in 2018, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 9.1 points per game in 22.8 minutes per game as rookie, shooting 42.2% from deep and 80.6% from the free throw line.After being included in a trade to the Clippers on Feb. 6, Shamet averaged 10.9 points per game in 27.8 minutes per game while shooting 45 percent from deep in 25 regular-season games. In six playoff games, he put up 7.7 points in 29 minutes per game while shooting 32.3 percent from behind the arc. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Now, Shamet — who made the fourth-most 3-pointers by a rookie in NBA history last season — will be part of the Select Team that will join 18 established NBA players at a training camp in Las Vegas between Aug. 5-8 ahead of the FIBA World Cup in China from Aug. 21 to Sept. 15.San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich will coach the team. And so far the Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Houston’s James Harden, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Charlotte’s Kemba Walker have committed to the team.Several others reportedly also are interested in joining the team, including the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Houston’s Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker, Portland’s Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton, Cleveland’s Kevin Love and Boston’s Jayson Tatum.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more


Lakers’ Markieff Morris finally makes bubble debut, still warming up

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The NBA’s official policy is to not identify players who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 without their consent, due to health privacy laws.The commonly cited trait of Morris is toughness, but he said Monday, “I’m a little bit more than just tough.” His stretch forward positioning gives the Lakers flexibility at the three forward positions with some outside shooting touch. Of course some rust needs to be knocked off: Morris was just 2 for 7 from the floor Monday.Morris believes between the time he spent prior to the hiatus and the time he’s getting now, it won’t be long before he feels fully blended in.“It’s an easygoing team. It’s easy to get acclimated,” he said. “You see a lot of guys going, just getting shots up. We just gotta find the right lineups and keep that team camaraderie high.”Lakers get a good glimpse at backcourt rotationBetween Avery Bradley’s absence and Rajon Rondo’s fractured thumb, someone in the group of Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith is about to see a minutes boost in the guard positions behind starters Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.That quartet got a huge role in Monday’s scrimmage, with each clocking over 24 minutes and scoring in double figures. Smith had the most explosive offensive performance with 20 points thanks to a 6-for-7 shooting night behind the arc. Caruso (17 points) and Waiters (18 points) each had six assists. Cook had 12 points, but also had five turnovers.Given that so many Lakers were resting, and Green and JaVale McGee each only played a half, those numbers don’t really scale to what the Lakers expect from any of those reserves. But seeing them play big minutes has allowed the coaching staff to see them adjust to instruction, particularly with the two newcomers.Smith was asked to be more aggressive as a catch-and-shoot threat, while Waiters was asked to make more plays. Vogel was heartened that the scrimmage offered proof that they’re listening.“We know they’re talented,” he said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity to shape their play the way we want them to fall into their roles.”Caruso is likely the largest piece in that equation given that he’s been ingrained throughout the year as a backup playmaker and defender. But with Rondo missing, he could take on more of a role as a point guard — which he’s played more in the G League in the past few years than with the Lakers. He’s typically been off-ball in lineups with James.He had a bumpy start in the bubble: A hard fall in Wednesday’s practice kept him out of Thursday’s first scrimmage with a back bruise. Caruso had five fouls in the second scrimmage and played less than 12 minutes.So a strong offensive stat line and a plus-16 rating is a much more confident effort headed into Thursday’s re-opener.“I’ve played point guard since my sophomore year of high school. This team is one of the first times where I’ve played a little more off the ball,” he said. “Obviously with Rondo out, I’m gonna carry a little more of the load playing point guard with the second unit, so just finding my rhythm. I didn’t foul as much today so I got to actually be on the court, which was fun.”Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersEven in a game the Lakers played without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard — all rested in preparation for Thursday’s season re-opener against the Clippers — Morris was a bit player in the team’s final exhibition at the Visa Athletic Center.The strategy is in part to give him time to condition after a long layoff. Morris didn’t arrive to the bubble until Tuesday, and didn’t clear quarantine until Thursday. He pointed out that Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith, both of whom have zero official Laker appearances to his eight, have now accumulated more practice time than him.Frank Vogel seemed confident that Morris, once he reaches “basketball shape,” will be a factor in the rotation.“We’ve been able to coach (Waiters and Smith) on some of the system things, defensive scheme things, maybe more than Markieff,” he said. “But ‘Kieff, when we don’t work in practice, we’re watching film every day, setting clear expectations of what’s expected of each player in our system. And I don’t believe it’s going to be very hard to remind those guys at all, once he gets his legs under him.”It’s still unclear exactly what kept Morris from joining the Lakers in the bubble for several days. Marcus Morris’ similar delay with the Clippers has provoked some intrigue, but both have vaguely cited family matters that kept them home. Markieff said he and his brother are neighbors, and they spent at least three months in the hiatus in each other’s company. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Markieff Morris has been playing catch-up for a few days.When his twin brother, Marcus, was at the NBA bubble practicing with the Clippers, he was still en route. While Markieff was waiting to clear quarantine, Marcus was playing almost 20 minutes and scoring 10 points against the Magic.Even though he made his bubble debut in the Lakers’ 123-116 scrimmage win Monday over Washington, Markieff is still a little behind: His six minutes of play produced six points and five rebounds in a robust but short first appearance. But he’s not frustrated that some might say he’s falling behind in the sibling rivalry.“He’s a little more agile than me,” Markieff quipped of Marcus. “His muscles and his bones are a little more looser, so he was able to do that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more