Salih Turan, a journalist who formerly worked for the Kurdish desk of the Sputnik news agency, was jailed pending trial on 13 February on terrorism-related charges. The accusations stem from the journalist’s social media posts.
Turan was taken into custody on 12 February during a police raid on his home. Turan’s lawyer Newroz Akalan told the Evrensel daily that Turan’s mobile phone and computer were also confiscated.
Following his interrogation at the police department, Turan was brought before a prosecutor, who referred the journalist to a court seeking his imprisonment pending trial. The court jailed Turan pending trial on the charges of “membership in a terrorist group” and “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group.” Turan was initially placed in the Metris Prison, from where he was shortly transferred to the Silivri Prison.