German detained in Turkey for defaming Erdoğan - DW

Turkish authorities have arrested a German citizen for defaming President Recep Tayyip Erdogan online, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.

Hüseyin M., who lives in Brunswick in north-central Germany, was reportedly on holiday in Turkey’s western city of Izmir when he was detained in an overnight raid in August, Deutsche Welle said, citing an article published by Der Spiegel on Monday.

The German citizen not believed to hold dual citizenship faces charges for defaming Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media in 2014 and 2015.

Hüseyin M., who was initially released shortly after being arrested has been barred from leaving the country and, because he has no permanent address in Turkey, he was put back in jail.

His first hearing is scheduled for October 11.

The German Foreign Ministry has said they are aware of the case and Hüseyin M. is receiving counsel from the German consulate.

A total of five German nationals are in Turkish custody for political reasons, according to German officials.

The case of Die Welt correspondent Deniz Yücel, who has dual nationality and was detained in Turkey for a year before being released in February pending trial, heightened tensions between Ankara and Berlin.

News of Hüseyin M’s detention arrives days after Erdogan's state visit to Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier underlined their concerns over the Turkey's deteriorating rule of law following the country’s 2016 coup attempt and human rights record.