Jailed Die Welt journalist says has no place to be extradited to, wants a fair trial

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Deniz Yücel participated in a vigil for jailed journalists in front of Silivri Prison on Jan. 11, 2016.

Jailed journalist Deniz Yücel, who works for the German Die Welt newspaper and has been kept in pre-trial detention in Turkey since Feb. 27, has said all he wants is a fair trial and that there is no place to which he can be extradited.

An article Yücel wrote for the Die Welt daily from Silivri Prison, where he is incarcerated, was published by the daily on Thursday.

Yücel, who was detained in Turkey on Feb. 14 as part of an investigation for publishing stories on the leaked emails of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, was arrested by a court on Feb. 27.

In the article Yücel criticized President Erdoğan for directing accusations at him even before he stood trial.

Erdoğan accused Yücel of being a “German agent” and a “representative of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party [PKK]” on many occasions.

Last month, Erdoğan also said the extradition of Yücel will never take place as long as he is president.

Yücel said he does not want to be extradited to anywhere and that there is no place to which he can be extradited.

“All I want is a fair [trial] process,” he wrote.

Yücel also said accusations against someone who has not yet stood trial is unacceptable in a country that is ruled by law.

The journalist also vowed to continue the struggle for democracy, justice and freedoms in Turkey when he is released from jail.

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