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Journalist Can Dündar and Cumhuriyet Nominated as a Nobel Candidate

By Sarah Metzker Erdemir

A “red notice” has been requested for Can Dündar, Germany resident and former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper, and in Oslo, Dündar has been nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

German Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated he cannot imagine Can Dündar would be arrested over the ‘red notice.’

According to the DW Türkçe, on the same day former Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dündar has both been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and a “red notice” and extradition request have been made by the Turkish authorities.

The Oslo Peace Research Institute, which plays a role in publishing the shortlist of Nobel Peace Prize candidates, has released its own list of candidates. Of the five candidates on the list, Can Dündar and Cumhuriyet newspaper are together in third place.

Based on independent assessments, PRIO Directors have offered their personal shortlists for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2002.

Dündar also posted the news on his Twitter account: “What a day: In the morning, a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. In the evening, a red notice search warrant.”

“Red Notice” Request

In a “terror” investigation carried out by the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor, Dündar is accused of spreading “terror propaganda” at a conference held in Diyarbakır on 24 April, 2016.

Under the scope of the investigation, the decision to arrest came from the prosecutor’s request. In carrying out this decision, it was determined that Dündar could not be found at his registered address in Turkey, so the prosecutor’s office issued a “red notice” and extradition request for Can Dündar. The request was sent to the Justice Ministry’s General Directorate of International Law and Foreign Relations.

Dündar was about to be sentenced to five to ten years in prison for the MİT truck case when he fled to Germany, where he lives after a German court issued him a temporary passport.

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