Turkish Armenian Writer Sevan Nisanyan Escapes from Prison

Sevan Nishanian
Sevan Nishanian

Sevan Nisanyan

ISTANBUL—Turkish-Armenian writer Sevan Nisanyan, who has been serving a 17-year prison term since 2014 has reportedly escaped from the correctional facility where he was being held and fled Turkey, according to Turkish media reports.

Nisanyan left the minimum security prison on Friday morning and has not returned.

A message on his Twitter page said: “The bird flew away: Same wishes to the remaining 80 million.”

Nisanyan's tweet

Nisanyan’s tweet

Turkish historian and scholar Taner Akcam, reacted to the news by tweeting: “Sevan Nisanyan has escaped by saying ‘the bird flew away.’ With expectations of a free world for all birds….”

Nisanyan was arrested and imprisoned in Turkey for carrying out “illegal” construction in his own garden, charges that were so obviously made up by Turkish authorities who had been seeking ways to silence the outspoken scholar and writer.

Even the Turkish media said that his arrest was an obviously an effort by Turkish authorities to frame him since he was a staunch critic of the Turkish regime.


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  1. Loui artin said:

    You can keep secret but can’t hide the truth
    Mr Nisanyan not criminal person
    He deserves freedom shame on turkish wild anfair government

  2. Dvo said:

    Nice this makes me happy! screw them all. You are also welcome in Eastern Armenia!

  3. Vasken said:

    I Believe only when he appears in a safe country and seek asylum or in Armenia, announce his action. Otherwise his fate already have been sealed by Turkish regime,

  4. Therese Mastikian said:

    Sevan Nisanyan…Kus Ustu…. Hep mutlu ol!!! Yergar abriss yev azad!!!

  5. Nelli said:

    Sevan, we are happy for you. Great action . Fly my dear bird. You can’t live without flight.