Turkish court rules to release jailed opposition lawmaker

Berberoğlu was accused of providing Cumhuriyet newspaper with a video purporting to show Turkey's intelligence agency trucking weapons into Syria
Thursday, 20 September 2018 17:58

A Turkish court on Thursday ruled to release a jailed opposition lawmaker after having sentenced him to more than five years.

Enis Berberoğlu was sentenced to 25 years in prison earlier this year for allegedly leaking footage to an opposition newspaper suggesting Turkish AKP government smuggled arms to Islamist terrorist in Syria. He was convicted of revealing state secrets and espionage.

A report in Cumhuriyet newspaper in May 2015 said that trucks owned by Turkey's state intelligence service were found to contain weapons and ammunition that were headed for Syria when they were stopped and searched in southern Turkey in early 2014.

An appeals court in February reduced the sentence to five years and 10 months.

Now the Court of Cassation, known as the Yargıtay, ruled that Berberoğlu should be released from jail and his sentence postponed for as long as he remains an MP. Berberoğlu was re-elected to parliament in elections in June this year.