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Wife of exiled Turkish journalist demands justice

The wife of exiled Turkish journalist Can Dundar has accused the Turkish government of human rights abuses over two years after her passport was revoked, local media reported on Monday.

Dilek Dundar’s passport was revoked in September 2016 when she wanted to travel to Berlin.

Her husband had already fled to Europe after being convicted of disclosing state secrets on Turkish arms shipments to militants in Syria.

“It was a completely unlawful, random and political decision to prevent her from leaving the country.

“It also violates her freedom to travel.

“I’m being in the truest sense of the word held hostage for my husband,’’ she said in a video distributed on Twitter.

Dundar, an economist and documentary filmmaker, emphasised in the video that there are no formal accusations against her.

Report says Can Dundar, the former editor-in-chief of the secular government-critical Cumhuriyet daily, is currently facing several charges in Turkey, including supporting a terrorist organisation.

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