Court orders release of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel

An Istanbul court on Friday ordered the conditional release of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel
A picture tweeted by lawyer Veysal Ok showed Yücel outside jail embracing his wife.
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:40

German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel, who was detained in Turkey a year ago, has decided to release him pending trial.

Yücel, a 44-year-old correspondent for German daily Die Welt, was jailed on suspicion of "spreading propaganda in support of a terrorist organisation" and "inciting violence".

The court has accepted an indictment seeking up to 18 years in jail for Yücel on charges of "spreading terrorist propaganda" and "stirring enmity" and opted to free him ahead of trial.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, who met Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks in Berlin on Thursday, earlier this week had raised the prospect that Yücel could soon be freed.

Merkel welcomed the release of Yücel and called on Ankara to guarantee fast judicial proceedings for other German citizens still being held in Turkish custody.