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Kurdish journalist faces 5 years' jail time over social media posts

KURDISH journalist Aziz Oruc faces five years behind bars on terrorism charges after he shared news articles he had written for the Dicle news agency.

He was detained on December 11 and held in custody on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organisation.”

Mr Oruc was trying to make his way to Europe via Iran when he was detained at the border crossing and beaten by the Armenian police.

He was handed over to Iran where he says intelligence officials tortured him for two days.

They dumped him and left him to die on the Turkish side of the border where he was found barefoot and naked.

He was taken into custody along with the Peoples’ Democratic Party district co-chair Abdullah Ekelek, who was accused of helping him.

The Kurdish journalist appeared in the Diyarbakir court via video link and was accused of “spreading terrorist propaganda.”

But he insisted that the Twitter posts simply contained news articles he had written between 2014 and 2015.

“All those are published in the scope of information, not propaganda … I am a journalist and demand my acquittal,” he said.

Prosecutors are demanding a five-year sentence. The hearing was postponed until March 3.


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