Turkish court rejects Yücel’s demand for damages arising from imprisonment

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People hold placards with hashtag #FREEDENIZ to protest the detantion of German journalist Deniz Yucel in front of Turkish embassy in Berlin on February 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL

A Turkish court has rejected a German-Turkish journalist’s request for compensation for his yearlong imprisonment in Turkey, The Associated Press reported.

Deniz Yücel, a correspondent for Germany’s Die Welt daily, was detained as part of a Turkish government clampdown in the wake of a failed coup attempt in 2016. He was released from jail pending trial earlier this year and has since returned to Germany.

Lawyer Veysel Ok said Tuesday Yücel was seeking 2,980,000 Turkish lira ($483,000) in damages for “his unjust and unlawful imprisonment.”

The court did not give a reason for its decision, Ok said.

Ok said he would appeal the case at a higher court and take it to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

Yücel was arrested on terrorism and propaganda charges which he denies.

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