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Germany to seek release of further citizens detained in Turkey

Europe
19.02.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Berlin (dpa) - The German government is working "at all levels" to secure the release of five political prisoners in Turkey who have German passports, spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday in Berlin.

The push for their release comes after Turkish authorities on Friday released German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel after a year in detention.

Yucel‘s arrest in Turkey last February had been a major sticking point in relations between Berlin and Ankara, which became increasingly tense following the failed coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.

A spokeswoman for the German Foreign Office confirmed that Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan twice in recent weeks - once in Rome and once in Instanbul.

Although Yucel left Turkey within hours of his release, his trial on charges of "making propaganda for a terrorist organization" and "inciting people to hatred and hostility" is set to go ahead in Istanbul in June.

 

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