Turkey frees German journalist Deniz Yucel

Aaron Brown
February 17, 2018

German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel, who was detained in Turkey a year ago, has been released from jail, German newspaper Die Welt reported on February 16 citing his lawyer.

Speaking to the German public television channel ARD, Yildirum has expressed hope that the journalist from the newspaper Welt Dennis Yugel, arrested by the Turkish authorities on charges of terrorism, will soon be released.

Official Anadolu Agency reported that the court accepted prosecutors' indictment seeking 18 years in jail for Yücel, and ruled for his release concerning his lengthy detention.

Germany's foreign minister later told reporters that Yucel was on his way to an Istanbul airport and can "freely leave Turkey".

"I'm pleased just as many, many others that (Deniz Yucel) was able to leave jail today", Merkel said during a news conference in Berlin. Earlier this week Yildirim had raised the prospect of Yucel being freed.

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"We know that there are also other cases of people, maybe not as prominent, who remain in custody, and also for them we hope that there will be fast and constitutional judicial proceedings".

Yucel's Turkish lawyer tweeted that "finally a release ruling has been made concerning my client".

The spokeswoman added that Berlin had not agreed to any "dirty deals or other arrangements" to secure his release.

The case of Yucel is among an array of issues that have hurt the Turkey-Germany ties in recent years.

After the report, Yucel, who has both German and Turkish citizenship, was accused by Turkey's authorities of writing terrorist propaganda in favor of Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) and Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government identifies as a key player in the failed attempted coup in July of 2016.

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