The German Ilhami A. has been sentenced in Turkey for terrorism propaganda to a prison sentence of three years and one and a half months. This confirmed his lawyer Ercan Yildirim the German Press Agency. First, the NDR, WDR and the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported about it.
Yildirim appealed the verdict. His client would not have to go to prison until a decision of the Court of Cassation, but should not leave Turkey, said the lawyer. His client had been ordered to leave the country.
According to the lawyer, Ilhami A. had criticized the Turkish government on his Facebook page. According to reports, the court found it proven that the 46-year-old from Hamburg had propagated propaganda for terrorist organizations via Facebook.
Ilhami A. was arrested a month ago in the city of Karakoçan, Elazığ province. There he visited, according to the NDR his sick mother. Ilhami A. has Kurdish roots and reportedly worked in Hamburg as an independent taxi driver.
Six Germans still in prison for political reasons The sentencing of Ilhami A. took place unusually quickly, as suspects in Turkey often spend months in pre-trial detention before charges are brought. The imprisonment of German citizens has burdened the German-Turkish relationship for years.
The Federal Foreign Office had recently announced that there were six Germans left
are being detained for political reasons in Turkey. Accordingly, became
recently released a German, but he may not leave.