Flemish resident released after nearly four months in Turkish prison
Friday, 12 July 2019
Ali Akyüz had been imprisoned because he had shared articles criticising the Erdogan regime on Facebook. Credit: Pixabay
Ali Akyüz, a 53-year-old Turkish man residing in Willebroek, Antwerp province, is free again after being arrested last March in the Turkish city of Bursa, his son told Gazet van Antwerpen and VTM on Thursday evening.
Ali Akyüz had been imprisoned partially because he had shared articles criticising the Erdogan regime on Facebook. In 2015, he shared an interview with activists, and in the photo, one of the men waved the flag of the far-left organisation Parti-Front révolutionnaire de libération du peuple (DHKP-C), considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey but also by the United States and the European Union.
Akyüz’s case was dealt with on Thursday by a Turkish court.
“My father had a good defence and was finally allowed to leave prison,” said the son of the Belgian resident. He will, however, be required to stay in Turkey for the next six months.
“This, of course, causes mixed feelings, because it has serious financial consequences for his wife and my mother. But we are especially happy that he can leave this dirty cell,” added his son.