Turkish Journalist Ahmet Altan Detained a Week after Being Released from Jail

Altan Had Been Arrested on Charges Relating to Failed 2016 Coup


Journalist Ahmet Altan was arrested on Tuesday morning at his home Istanbul by the Turkish police. The journalist had been released from prison a week ago on charges relating to a failed 2016 coup.

The arrest was confirmed by the Istanbul police and human rights groups. The re-arrest came after the prosecutors protested his release and the court issued an arrest warrant.

Altan and his fellow journalist, Nazli Ilicak, were released on November 4, after being convicted of “helping a terrorist group”. They were accused of having links to the banned movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Gulen is accused of plotting a coup to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.

Altan was sentenced for more the ten years in prison. However, the court later ruled that the two be released under supervision.

In an op-ed for the Guardian, Altan wrote: “I am out of the Turkish prison, but thousands of innocent people are still there,”.

Tens of thousands of people were reportedly arrested after the failed coup attempt.