: Trial resumes in Turkey for two journalists accused of espionage
Politics14:56 Apr. 1, 2016
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Trial resumes in Turkey for two journalists accused of espionage

Can Dundar and Erdem Gul stand accused of trying to topple the government

A Turkish court is resuming the trial of two prominent journalists charged with espionage. The closed-door trial has drawn condemnation from the EU and rights groups. The journalists could face life in prison if convicted.

Can Dundar and Erdem Gul stand accused of trying to topple the government. The publications published a video purporting to show Turkey's state intelligence agency helping to truck weapons to Syria in 2014.

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Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet Newspaper: "There is an oversight in seating arrangements. Journalists versus state intelligence agency. We should have been (sitting) on the side conducting the interrogation. They should have been the ones who are accused, because this case is about an international crime. I believe that the seating arrangement will be corrected soon. We are not the ones who should stand on trial but now journalism is on trial. People's right to be informed is being judged here. But when you look on the other side, there is a crime that was hidden from people."

Dundar and Gul spent 92 days in jail, almost half of it in solitary confinement, before the constitutional court ruled last month that pre-trial detention was unfounded because the charges stemmed from their journalism.

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