Jailed journalist Deniz Yücel, who works for the German Die Welt newspaper and has been kept in pre-trial detention in Turkey since Feb. 27, has said all he wants is a fair trial and there is no address he can be extradited to.
An article Yücel wrote for the Die Welt daily from the Silivri Prison where he is incarcerated was published by the daily on Thursday.
Yücel, who was detained in Turkey on Feb. 14 as part of an investigation for publishing stories on the leaked emails of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, was arrested by a court on Feb. 27.
In the article, Yücel criticized President Erdoğan for directing accusations at him even before he stood a trial.
Erdoğan accused Yücel of being a “German agent” and a “representative of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party [PKK]” on many occasions.
Last month, Erdoğan also said the extradition of Yücel will never take place as long as he is president.
Yücel said he does not want to be extradited to anywhere and he has no address where he can be extradited to.
“All I want is a fair [trial] process,” he wrote.
Yücel also said accusation of someone who has not yet stood trial is unacceptable in a country which is ruled by law.
The journalist also vowed to continue the struggle for democracy, justice and freedoms in Turkey when he is released from jail.