Sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 300 years, Fusun Erdogan went from a hard-working radio journalist in Istanbul to being confined to a prison cell. For two years after her arrest by plainclothes police in September 2006, Erdogan, who holds Dutch and Turkish citizenship, didn’t even know her crime. Overall, her trial lasted more than eight years.
After months of pressure from civil rights groups, government officials and family members, Istanbul’s 20th High Criminal Court ruled for Erdogan’s release on 8th May along with two other journalists and five activists on the grounds that her pre-trial detention exceeded a new legal limit.
Alexandra Waldhorn spoke with Fusun’s son, Aktas Erdogan, who has regularly met with European politicians and rights activists to help secure the release of his mother.
This interview was initially broadcast on 11th May by Radio France Internationale.
Book Presentation Füsun Erdoğan
24 Feb, 17:30 – 18:30