Turkish court rules for Deniz Yücel's release as it accepts terror indictment

Turkish court rules for Deniz Yücel's release as it accepts terror indictment

"We know that there are other, perhaps not so prominent, cases of people that are in Turkish jails and we hope they'll enjoy a quick legal process and the rule of law too", she said.

"These harsh sentences are an unacceptable and unprecedented assault on freedom of expression and on the media in Turkey", David Kaye and Harlem Desir said in a joint statement issued by the United Nations human rights office.

German journalist Deniz Yuecel has been released from prison a year after his arrest by Turkish authorities, Yuecel's attorney Veysel Ok confirmed on Friday.

The high-profile case of German newspaper Die Welt journalist Mr Yucel has put a significant strain on relations between the two countries.

The court also accepted an indictment against Yucel demanding up to 18 years in prison on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda and inciting public hatred and enmity.

"I very much welcome this ruling of the Turkish judiciary", he said in a press release on Friday, and thanked the Turkish government for its efforts in this regard. Gulen denies the accusation.

"Finally! Best news ever".

Erdogan had repeatedly described Yucel as a "terror agent" causing consternation in Germany.

The spokeswoman said that Berlin had not agreed to any "dirty deals or other arrangements" to secure the release.

Yücel's detainment was one of the thorny issues between Turkey and Germany and was on Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım's agenda during his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday. Since then, over 55,000 people have been arrested in a wide-scale crackdown against suspected coup plotters and alleged members of terrorist organizations. It has criticised Germany for not handing over asylum seekers it accuses of involvement in the failed coup.

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