Feb 16 2018

German-Turkish journalist to be released from Turkish jail – Deutsche Welle

A German-Turkish journalist is to be released from Turkish detention after a year in jail in the wake of a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Deutsche Welle said.

Die Welt reporter Deniz Yücel has been detained for just over a year without any charges against him after being arrested on the grounds of “making terrorist propaganda”, the German state broadcaster said.

 

At the court session in which he was released on Friday, however, charges were brought against Yücel, and he now faces between 4 and 18 years for terror propaganda and hate speech.

“At a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım  hinted that there was some ‘movement’ in Yücel's case and that he hoped Yücel would be released soon,” Deutsche Welle said.

The German Foreign Ministry, however, insisted that there had been “no dirty deals” involved in securing Yücel’s release.