Posted on 04/15/2021 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
A Turkish writer has been released from prison after more than four years, reports the Guardian.
Journalist and novelist Ahmet Altan had always maintained his innocence on charges that he was involved in a 2016 coup attempt.
But the day after the European Court of Human Rights demanded that he be freed, a Turkish court ordered his release.
Altan had previously written pieces that criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and supported Kurdish rights.
While imprisoned on a life sentence (later changed to a ten-year sentence), he wrote a memoir — I Will Never See the World Again — via notes to his lawyers; the book landed on the 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize longlist.
For more on Altan’s legal struggles and other cases like his, check out the Guardian article.
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