Status: October 12, 2021 4:18 p.m.

Almost three years imprisonment for tweets that he is said to have dropped – that is the verdict of a court in Turkey against a Bochum resident. Mahmut Günes has to go to prison for terrorist propaganda. His lawyer takes action against it.

A Bochum man has been convicted in Turkey of terrorist propaganda for the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK. The court in Kirsehir in Central Anatolia sentenced her client Mahmut Günes to two years, nine months and 22 days in prison at the start of the trial, his lawyer Berfin Arslan told the German Press Agency.

The judgment is not yet final and Arslan has announced an appeal. A release from prison was denied because of the risk of escape, she said.

Convicted of alleged Twitter messages

The background to the proceedings are Twitter messages. The court sentenced Günes for communications on social media without being able to prove that it was his profile, criticized lawyer Arslan. The decision is illegal.

Günes took part in the trial by video from prison. According to his lawyer, he denied that he owned the Twitter account cited by the prosecution.

The Bochum resident was arrested on entering Turkey and arrested at the end of July. According to his lawyer, he only has German citizenship.

Terror allegations against singer

In Turkey, German citizens are repeatedly targeted by the judiciary for terrorist allegations. Among other things, the Cologne singer Hozan Cane (stage name) is threatened with a conviction for supporting terrorism in Turkey. Cane was imprisoned in Turkey for more than two years and is now back in Germany.

Imprisonment for German citizens in Turkey

Filiz Kükrekol, ARD Istanbul, October 12, 2021 6:22 p.m.

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