After Romanian authorities detained and tried to deport him to Turkey, the journalist Nuri Akman has been released.
Nuri Akman, who worked for the now-closed Dicle News Agency, was forcibly detained in Romania on 13 November. Akman, along with Lokman Coşkun, Serbest Derin and Serdar Bilgiç, were sent to the Foreigners Removal Center in the town of Otopeni in Bucharest.
According to GazeteKarınca, Nuri Akman and Lokman Coşkun were released due to pressure from the public. On his Twitter account, Akman wrote, ”Those who stand next to us against Romania’s attempt to deport me and Lokman Coşkun illegally to Turkey, thank you everyone. We are free now”.
Nuri Akman and Lokman Coşkun were detained in the city of Timișoara on 13 November. Despite their status as asylum seekers, they were illegally taken to Bucharest airport to be deported to Turkey.
Akman and the three people with him refused to get on the plane, claiming that they had previously requested political asylum in Greece. Akman and his entourage, who resisted the illegal treatment of the Romanian police for hours, were prevented from going to the airport after lawyers intervened.
Nuri Akman left his country due to lawsuits filed against his journalism and went to Greece in January 2019, where he applied for political asylum. After travelling to Macedonia and then Serbia, he reached Romania at the beginning of last week and was detained on 13 November.