Jailed writer Ahmet Altan is released by Turkish prison following a top court order

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Ahmet Altan, a Turkish journalist sentenced to prison in the aftermath of the failed coup in 2016, had his conviction overturned by Turkey’s Court of Cessations.

On Wednesday, the 16th Penal Chamber of the Court of Cassation has reversed the previous sentences against Altan and journalist Nazlı Ilıcak on the grounds that the sentence reduction foreseen in the Article 220/7 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) was not implemented. He has just been released by the court and has left the prison.

“My client is being DISCHARGED,” Altan’s lawyer Figen Albuga Çalıkuşu wrote on Twitter after the decision. She added that universal laws and values are “infallible, but legal bullying is recorded.”

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