Prominent Turkish Journalist Sentenced to Six Years in Jail for 'Disclosing State Secrets'

Nazli Ilicak has been under arrest since a failed military coup in 2016. In 2018, she was sentenced to life in a different trial for alleged links to anti-Erdogan cleric Gulen

FILE PHOTO: Turkish journalist Nazli Ilicak (C), also a well-known commentator and former parliamentarian, is escorted by a police officer (R) and her relatives (L and rear) after being detained and brought to a hospital for a medical check in Bodrum, Turkey, July 26, 2016.
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Prominent Turkish journalist Nazli Ilicak was sentenced to nearly six years in prison on Tuesday for "disclosing confidential information concerning state security," state news agency Anadolu reported.

The Istanbul court charged that Ilicak used information from a secret document from the military General Staff in one of her articles. She was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in jail, according to Anadolu.

Ilicak has been under arrest since shortly after a failed coup in 2016. She was sentenced to life in prison in February 2018 in a separate trial over alleged links to US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The government accuses Gulen of plotting the abortive putsch by a faction of the military on July 15, 2016.

Ilicak wrote the article on the General Staff in 2015 for a newspaper linked to Gulenist movement, according to Hurriyet daily.

Her lawyer Kemal Ertug Derin told the court on Tuesday however that Ilicak shared information that was already known at the time, according to Anadolu.

Two other prominent journalists, Ahmet Altan and his brother Mehmet, were also sentenced to life in the same trial in February. The Altan brothers were staunch critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and worked for opposition media outlets.

In June, Mehmet Altan was released after 21 months in prison.