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Opposition MP joins other lawmakers in Turkish prison

Republican People’s Party member Enis Berberoglu has joined several other imprisoned lawmakers, convicted of revealing state secrets surrounding the MIT truck scandal of 2014.
Enis Berberoglu, a lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), arrives at the Justice Palace, the Caglayan courthouse, to attend a trial in Istanbul, Turkey March 1, 2017. Picture taken March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTS171YV

A prominent opposition member of parliament was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a Turkish court today, part of a widening crackdown by Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government against its critics.

Enis Berberoglu, a member of the pro-secular Republican People’s Party (CHP), was convicted of revealing state secrets. The veteran journalist who ran Hurriyet, the country’s most influential newspaper, before running for parliament was accused of having leaked footage shot in January 2014 of trucks operated by Turkey’s national spy agency, MIT, that were laden with weapons.

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