Turkey requests Red Notice for journalist it accuses of espionage

A Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant and requested an Interpol Red Notice for Turkish journalist Can Dündar, who is currently exiled in Germany and is wanted by Turkey on charges of espionage. He was arrested in Turkey in November 2015 in relation to a report he wrote for the newspaper Cumhuriyet concerning allegations of Turkey smuggling weapons into Syria. He was released, but has since been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for in relation to his report.  However, on 9 March this year Turkey’s Supreme Court overturned this sentence, having found that Dündar should have been charged with espionage, which carries a 15-20 year sentence.

American NGO the Committee to Protect Journalists has called for Turkey to end its prosecution of Dündar, and urged Interpol to reject Turkey’s request for a Red Notice.

Saudi Arabian sisters fight extradition from Turkey

Two Saudi Arabian sisters resident in Turkey are fighting their extradition to Saudi Arabia, which they say they fled to escape an abusive family. Ashwaq and Areej Hamoud were detained in Turkey after their father claimed that their intention in leaving Saudi Arabia had been to join terrorist groups in Syria, but no public criminal investigation into them has yet been launched.

To date, the sisters have been unsuccessful in their attempts to fight extradition through Turkey’s courts, and their lawyer has warned that they face grave danger should they be sent back to Saudi Arabia.