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Turkey: Singer released from prison on probation

12 November 2018
Turkish singer and journalist Atilla Taş has been taken to jail fo serve a three-year sentence over his alleged links to the Gülen movement.
Picture: Atilla Taş / Facebook

 

14 March, 2019

UPDATE: Singer released from jail on probation

On 8 February 2019, Turkish singer and journalist Atilla Taş was released from prison on probation, reported Deutsche Welle.

His lawyer Yaman Akdeniz announced the court’s decision on Twitter:

 

12 November, 2018

Singer taken to prison after court upholds sentence for ‘aiding terrorist organisation’

Turkish pop singer and journalist Atilla Taş was detained on 9 November 2018 to serve a jail sentence of three years, one month and 15 days over his alleged links to the Gülen movement, reported Turkey Purge.

His lawyer Prof. Dr. Yaman Akdeniz told Bianet that police took Taş into custody at his house and sent him to the Metris Prison in Istanbul, two weeks after a regional appeals court upheld his 37-month sentence for “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terrorist organisation as a non-member” as per Article no. 220/7 of the Turkish Penal Code.

Taş had been a columnist at Meydan daily, which was shut down following the failed coup in July 2016. He and 28 others were arrested and detained in September 2016 on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation, namely Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation (FETÖ). Turkey accuses FETÖ’s US-based leader Fethullah Gülen as being the mastermind behind the coup attempt, though he was denied any involvement.

The singer was released from pre-trial detention in October 2017. In March 2018 the Istanbul 25th High Criminal Court convicted and sentenced him to 37 months in jail for “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terrorist organisation as a non-member”.

On 24 October 2018 a regional appeals court upheld the sentence, according to Bianet, and he was taken into custody on 9 November.

Given his time already spent behind bars, Taş will be released in January 2020, but he can apply for supervised release in January 2019, according to Bianet.

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