Court orders two life sentences for ISIL militant who murdered Syrian journalist in Turkey’s southeast
İdris Emen - ISTANBULA Turkish court ordered two life sentences for the killer of Syrian journalist Naji Jerf in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on Aug. 5.
Naji al-Jarf, the editor-in-chief of pro-opposition Hinta Magazine was killed after being shot in the street by Yusuf Hamed Eşveri, who was affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Gaziantep in December 2015.
In January 2016, four suspects, including Eşveri, were arrested by the court.
The Second Penal Court in Gaziantep ordered two life sentences on charges of “abolishing the constitutional order” and “manslaughter.” The court also ordered five years and five months in jail on charges of the “possession of explosive material” and the “possession of an illegal gun.”
The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders had said al-Jarf had been receiving threats after making a documentary about ISIL violence.