Turkey frees opposition deputy Berberoğlu

The Turkish Court of Cassation has released Enis Berberoğlu, a deputy for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) who had received a prison sentence for revealing government secrets.

Berberoğlu first received a 25-year prison sentence in June 2017 for his part in revealing to the public images which appeared to show weapons shipments allegedly sent by the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) to Syrian rebels.

The images were published in the secularist daily Cumhuriyet newspaper, sparking an investigation into several members of its editorial staff. Berberoğlu was discovered as the source of the images during the investigation.

The CHP deputy’s sentence was reduced to five years and 10 months in February this year after a retrial.

The Court of Cassation’s ruling on Thursday will uphold Berberoğlu’s sentence until the end of his term in parliament. The CHP deputy was reelected to his seat representing Istanbul after running in the June 24 election from his prison cell.