Turkish court rules for release of journalist imprisoned for revealing state secrets

A Turkish court ruled for the release of journalist Müyesser Yıldız, an editor for online news provider OdaTV, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Monday.

Yıldız had been remanded in custody on July 12 pending trial on charges of espionage for articles she wrote about Turkey’s military relations with Libya. The charges were later altered to revealing state secrets. 

The court in Ankara decided to free the veteran journalist pending trial, Cumhuriyet said. She must report to the authorities on a regular basis as a condition of her release.

In one of her articles, Yıldız raised questions about alleged meetings between Turkish military commanders and rebel Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army is fighting the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord, based in Tripoli.

A second article, from January, outlined details about a military officer who was sent to oversee Turkey’s military activities in Libya.