Dec 28 2017

Turkey releases Islamic State’s “Diyarbakır leader” on bail

A Turkish court has freed a man accused of being the regional leader of Islamic State (IS) in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, left-wing newspaper Evrensel said.

The prosecutor said on Thursday that fingerprints showed the man, only known by his initials N.T., had been present at an address where Turkish police had seized incriminating evidence, and wiretapped phone conversations and witness statements also pointed out the man’s involvement with the group.

N.T. denied having travelled to Syria and any involvement with IS.

The court acknowledged the evidence, but ordered the man be released due to the length of time he had been held in pre-trial detention.