German journalist Deniz Yücel released from jail in Turkey lawyer

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German journalist Deniz Yücel released from jail in Turkey lawyer

Deniz Yücel's lawyer, Veysel Ok, tweeted a picture of Yücel and his wife, Dilek Mayatürk, hugging in front of Istanbul's Silivri prison. Earlier, Germany's Foreign Ministry had confirmed a report in German daily Die Welt that he was set to walk free.

Deniz Yücel had been detained for a year without any charges brought against him. A German government spokesman said he was "relieved and glad" and thanked the Turkish judiciary. He also said there had not been any "dirty deals" with Ankara.

In a press conference, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel thanked the Turkish government, and especially his counterpart Mevlut Cavosoglu, for their cooperation.

Yücel's release is "an example of how diplomacy and vigilance can pay off," said Gabriel, adding that the journalist was "on his way to the airport in Istanbul." Later, the German government confirmed that Yücel had left Turkey.

Gabriel insisted however that Berlin would not forget the "five other Germans who are still in jail, we want to use this momentum to accelerate their path to freedom was well."

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "pleased" that Yücel "was able to leave jail today," but like Gabriel, warned that there are many "other cases of people who are not as prominent" being detained in Turkey who should also have the right to a fair and speedy trial.


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Date Posted: Fri, 16 Feb 2018, 04:07 pm

Tags: Deniz Yücel,Dilek Mayatürk

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