Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 24, 2019

Court dismisses trial of Paradise Papers reporter Pelin Ünker
The trial of Pelin Ünker, a former reporter for the opposition daily Cumhuriyet, who faced charges related to her coverage of the Paradise Papers, was closed on March 28 after the judge ruled that the statute of limitations had expired, Medyascope reported. Ünker was accused of “slander” in a complaint filed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak, who is also the treasury and finance minister, and Albayrak’s brother, Serhat.

The judge hearing the case said, “Unfortunately, I detected a statute of limitations,” according to the report. In a separate trial related to her Paradise Papers coverage, Ünker was sentenced to 13 months in prison for defamation and insult in January, according to reports. That complaint

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