Istanbul courts refuse to comply with Turkey’s top court’s order to release journalists Alpay and Altan

Istanbul’s 26th and 13th High Criminal Courts have refused to comply with the order of Turkey’s Constitutional Court for the release of jailed veteran journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan on Thursday evening, according to a report by Turkish media.

Turkey’s Constitutional Court ordered on Thursday to release jailed journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay (74), who was a jailed veteran journalist and columnist of now-closed Zaman daily, ruling that their detention constituted a rights violation.

However, the İstanbul’s 26th and 13th High Criminal Courts have refused to release the journalists Alpay and Altan and ruled for continuation for their arrests on the basis of “the top court has not notified the reasoning of the decision.” Lower courts’ decisions were taken after the formal text of the Constitutional Court’s rulings were posted on their official site.

Press freedom defender P24 has tweeted on Thursday night that the lower courts, where Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan have been on trial, have ruled to wait for the Constitutional Court to formally communicate the decisions…

Source: Stockholm Center for Freedom

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