Four suspects for assault of journalist Sabahattin Onkibar released

A Turkish court on Monday released four suspects who have been detained for the assault of journalist Sabahattin Onkibar, Sozcu daily reported.

The Ankara Police Department issued a statement on Sunday saying that three suspects have been detained for the assault of Onkibar, and another suspect, who rented a car and was possibly an accomplice to the assailants, has also been detained.

Onkibar was attacked by three people just 300 meters away from his home in Ankara two days ago. He was taken to the hospital after the assailants forced him to the ground and started kicking him.

Local residents tried to stop the attack, but Onkibar was punched several times during the scuffle. He did not suffer serious injuries but has filed a criminal complaint, Turkish media reported.

A former columnist for nationalist Turkish daily Aydinlik (owned by the Patriotic Party), Onkibar is known for his harsh criticism against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He resigned from Aydinlik recently after criticizing the Patriotic Party’s (Vatan Partisi) leader Dogu Perincek for supporting Erdogan.

On his YouTube channel, Onkibar explained that he was going shopping when young people, in two cars, approached and attacked him. Businessmen in the area tied to intervene and protect him. Onkibar claims that he knows the perpetrators.

Turkish Yeni Cag newspaper’s Yavuz Selim Demirag, journalist Idris Ozyol, and Ergin Cevik were also attacked over the past two weeks in Turkey. The Ankara Police Department explained that the investigation is still underway to find all those who are responsible for the attack.

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