13 Jun 2016 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 n° 71/2015 Turkey
Left-Wing Female Journalist Hatice Duman Serving Life-Time Imprisonment in Turkey
Hatice Duman (born on 5 April 1974 in Malatya) is a female Turkish journalist and editor-in-chief of the daily Atılım (The Leap), the official newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) in Turkey. Since 9 April 2003, she is kept in prison in Gebze, after being accused of being a member of a terrorist organisation. On 16 October 2012, Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the life-time imprisonment sentence against her. The police raided her house on 9 April 2002 at around 4 pm. They described Hatice Duman as "the other female" they were searching for in relation with two robberies. She has been condemned in accordance with article 168/1 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) in connection with allegations of being a manager of a terrorist organization. Duman has been sentenced to life-time imprisonment despite all calls to release her.
13 Jun 2016
In October 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled in favor of Hatice Duman and sent the case back to Istanbul's 12th Court for Serious Crimes for a retrial. However, in March 2016, the lower court denied its order.
22 Oct 2015
Response of the Turkish Government (information provided by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey)
Journalists in detention