Turkish court sentences German-Kurdish football player Deniz Naki to prison

German-Kurdish football player Deniz Naki

AMED (ANF) – Amedspor player Deniz Naki had been sued with a demand for up to 5 years in prison on alleged charges of “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organisation” in his social media posts which drew attention to the situation in Kurdish towns under curfew.

Naki was acquitted by a local court whose judgment was later reversed by Gaziantep Regional Court Penal Department No. 3. His trial therewith resumed today at Diyarbakır 4th Heavy Penal Court. In his statement at the court, Naki re-expressed his previous statement, and demanded his acquittal.

Naki’s lawyer Soran Haldi Mızrak said they do not accept the reversion of the court ruling as it does not base on any concrete grounds, stressing that his client gave a message of peace and fraternity, and called for an end to war in his social media posts for which he stands trial. Mızrak demanded that those who made comments consisting of violence on Naki’s social media posts should be investigated instead.

The court board later sentenced Naki to 1 year, 6 months and 22 days in prison for “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organisation” in his social media posts. The court suspended the sentence, and ruled a quashing of the conviction in the event that he does not commit a similar crime within 5 years.

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