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German newspaper correspondent detained in Turkey

Europe
17.02.2017
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Istanbul (dpa) - A correspondent at Germany‘s Die Welt newspaper, who was being sought by the authorities in Turkey, has handed himself in to police and been formally detained, the newspaper confirmed to dpa on Friday.

Deniz Yucel, Turkey correspondent for the daily newspaper, is the first German journalist to be taken into custody amid Turkey‘s ongoing state of emergency, under which the government has shuttered dozens of media outlets and jailed scores of Turkish journalists.

His lawyers are working under the assumption that he is being sought in connection with terrorism-related allegations, the newspaper confirmed. Yucel‘s apartment has been searched by police.

The prosecutors have provided no information to his lawyers on the allegations against him, according to Die Welt. The 43-year-old is a dual citizen of Germany and Turkey and his case is therefore regarded by the Turkish authorities as a domestic one.

Under the ongoing state of emergency, he can be kept in detention for up to 14 days before a judge would be required to decide whether he should be remanded in custody.

 

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