Opposition deputy Berberoğlu sworn in after release from prison

Enis Berberoğlu, the opposition politician found guilty of revealing state secrets, was sworn in at parliament as a deputy for Istanbul on Monday after a court agreed to his release in September.

Berberoğlu was sworn in from the rostrum in the Turkish parliament after speeches by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Parliamentary Spokesperson Binali Yıldırım, Turkish news site Bianet reported.

In July 2016, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy was sentenced to 25 years in prison for disclosing to the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet information on secret truckloads of weaponry allegedly sent by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) to rebel factions in Syria.

Last February, the sentence was reduced to five years and 10 months, and in September the Court of Cassation agreed to release Berberoğlu, who won a seat in parliament in the elections in June, until he has served his term as deputy.

A Turkish parliamentary bylaw states that deputies who are unable to attend the swearing in ceremony after an election must be sworn in at the first possible session of parliament.