Jan 18 2018

Turkey detains husband of freed German journalist Meşale Tolu

Turkish police on Thursday detained leftist activists, including the husband of German journalist Meşale Tolu, who was freed from prison last month.

Police raided Tolu’s home in the Kartal district of Istanbul, where the German journalist lives with her husband Suat Çorlu and her three-year-old son Serkan, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported.

Tolu was charged with being a member of a terrorist organisation and publishing terrorist propaganda, but released on bail before Christmas. She is banned from leaving Turkey and must report to a police station every week. The trial against her will continue in April.

Her husband, Suat Çorlu, also a journalist and a political activist, was also detained but was released in November.

The dawn raids targeted members of opposition left-wing groups the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF), Reuters reported.

The news could complicate efforts by Germany and Turkey to mend strained ties, Reuters said.

Bilateral consultations between two NATO allies were suspended after Ankara’s arrest of another German-Turkish journalist, Deniz Yücel, in February 2017, according to Reuters.

Germany insists that the detentions of Yücel and other journalists detained are unjustified and politically motivated, Reuters said.