No new red notice requested for Turkish journalist Can Dündar, says Interpol

Interpol has previously denied Turkey's red notice request for journalist Can Dündar and has not received a subsequent request, the intergovernmental organization told Deutsche Welle Turkish on Wednesday.

Turkish media on Tuesday reported that aTurkish court haddecided to request for an Interpol red notice for the apprehension of the exiled journalist on charges of knowingly and willingly helping an armed terrorist organisation.

"The red notice request previously made for Can Dündar was rejected by the Interior General Secretariat,’’ the official told DW. "There has been no red notice request made with Interpol of June 9.’’

A non-binding request to law enforcement agencies worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a fugitive, a red notice is not an arrest warrant and does not require authorities to arrest a wanted suspect.

The former editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, who lives in Germany, is facing a possible life sentence in a trial that began on April 28 concerning the Gezi Park protests of 2013. He is accused of "attempting to overthrow the government.’’

Separately, a Turkish court in December sentenced Dündar in absentia to 27 years in prison for terror and espionage crimes. He is accused of committing the crime during Cumhuriyet’s reporting of the Turkish intelligence Service (MİT) allegedly shipping weapons to Syrian jihadist groups.

A non-binding request to law enforcement agencies worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a fugitive, a red notice is not an arrest warrant and does not require authorities to arrest a wanted suspect.