Turkey - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (29.06.18)


Q - I learned of the conditional release of the Turkish journalist Mehmet Altan, who was sentenced to life in prison in connection with the failed coup of 2016. Do you have any response?

A - We are heartened by Mr. Altan’s conditional release, pronounced on Wednesday by an Istanbul court, in respect of the decree by the Constitutional Court which had determined that his incarceration constituted a violation of his rights. France is committed to the right to a fair trial and to freedom of expression; we call on Turkey to respect its commitments on the rule of law and fundamental liberties.