Jul 11 2018

Turkish prosecutor demands jail for film director Avcı on terror charges

A prosecutor has demanded a jail sentence of between 7 years 6 months and 15 years for Turkish film director Ali Avcı on charges of “being a member of an armed terror organization”, according to a report in Turkey’s Sabah newspaper on Wednesday.

The charges allege that Avcı is a member of the Gülen movement, which Turkish authorities classify as a terrorist group and believe to be behind the failed coup attempt of July 2016.

Avcı, who was detained a year ago, is known for his direction of “Reis”, a flattering biographical film about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, released in 2017.

His most recent project, “Uyaniş” tells the story of the coup attempt. It includes a scene in which a soldier holds a gun to Erdoğan’s head. The fact that Avcı was detained a matter of hours after the trailer for the film was released has led to suggestions that the charges are connected to the film.   

In a court hearing yesterday, Avcı denied the charges against him and requested time to prepare his defence. The next hearing was scheduled by the court for 6 September.