Two Turkish journalist are facing life in prison

Two Turkish journalist are facing life in prison over a report released last May accusing the government of helping to arm the Islamic militant groups.

 

Chief editor of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, who was based in Ankara, have been charged with espionage.

 

Prosecutors have accused the pair of working with US based cleric, Fethullah Gülen. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has long accused Gülen of plotting against him.

 

The Turkish government believes that Dundar and Gul were helping Gülen’s Hizmet movement by creating a story leading readers to believe that the Turkish government was helping terror groups.

 

The Dogan news agency reported that if they are convicted, they will receive an “aggravated life sentence” that will include tougher than normal conditions.

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