Rhône. Imprisoned in Turkey for “terrorism”, researcher Tuna Altinel will land in Lyon this Friday


It’s the end of a long nightmare for Tuna Altinel. The Turkish mathematician-teacher-researcher from the University Claude Bernard Lyon I will land at Saint-Exupéry airport on Friday.

The latter had been stranded in his country of origin since 2019. During a trip there, he was arrested and imprisoned, accused of “terrorism” by Ankara, before finally being acquitted a few months later. But the Turkish authorities did not want to return his passport to him, preventing Tuna Altinel from returning to Lyon, where he has lived and taught for many years.

He had recovered his identity document at the end of May, allowing him to return to French soil.

On his arrival in Lyon on Friday, he will be welcomed by Cédric Van Styvendael, mayor of Villeurbanne, Cédric Villani, mathematician and deputy for Essonne as well as representatives of his support committee.

Tuna Altinel, teacher at La Doua, became an honorary citizen of the city of Villeurbanne last February.

A press conference will be organized at Lyon airport at 2 p.m.


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