The Turkish authorities have made a decision to demolish the Nişanyan House hotel complex owned by Turkish-Armenian intellectual, travel writer, entrepreneur, and researcher Sevan Nişanyan, Ermenihaber told Panorama.am.
Citing Gazetevatan Turkish newspaper, the source informs that the decision prescribes demolition of 22 buildings, including the Nişanyan House, that were ‘illegally constructed in the environmental zone’ in Şirince village of Turkey’s Izmir province.
In addition to this, two other buildings belonging to the Nesin Fund established by Nişanyan and his friend Ali Nesin, are also set to be demolished.
The source notes that the decision to demolish the mentioned constructions was taken still in 2011, however it was postponed due to the resistance of the local residents.
To remind, Sevan Nişanyan was jailed on Dec. 2, 2014 for “construction infractions”, being sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison in Turkey. He escaped prison and fled Turkey on July 14, 2017.
According to some reports, Nişanyan was allowed to leave prison for one day every three months and simply did not return after his latest sanctioned leave.
“The bird has flown. Wish the same for 80 million left behind,” Nişanyan said in a Tweet on July 14, shortly after his escape.
According to the latest reports, he applied for political asylum in Greece.