A Turkish court issued an arrest warrant for Eren Erdem, a former Member of Parliament of opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), after an appeal to a verdict of releasing him on Monday.
In the early hours of the day, Istanbul 23th high criminal court decided a supervised release for Erdem, a former deputy of CHP and Editor in Chief of Karşı Daily which was closed under the emergency rules after the coup attempt in July 2016, with a ban travel to abroad.
He has been accused of publishing records of unlawful eavesdropping tapes about the 17-25 December 2013 corruption probe in Karşı Daily. The prosecutors ask an imprisonment of 8,5 years to 19 for Mr. Erdem with the charges of “assisting a terror organization without being a member of it” and “breach of privacy”.
Erdem is being accused of helping Gulen movement. He was arrested after the presidential and general elections in June 2018 when he lost his parliamentarian impunity as he did not run in the elections, and has been in prison since then.
Turkey’s ruling party accuses Fethullah Gulen, a self-imposed exile preacher in the U.S., as orchestrating the July coup attempt in 2016, and classifies the Gulen movement as a terror organization ( FETO). However, the leader of the movement Mr. Gulen denies all allegations and calls for an international impartial investigation to uncover the coup attempt.