Turkey court keeps German reporter behind bars

Turkey court keeps German reporter behind bars

A Turkish court on Wednesday ruled to keep under detention a German journalist and translator charged with membership of a banned radical leftist group, her lawyers said.
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A Turkish court on Wednesday ruled to keep under detention a German journalist and translator charged with membership of a banned radical leftist group, her lawyers said. 

Her case is one of several others which have led to a crisis in relations between Ankara and Berlin. 

Mesale Tolu, 33, initially detained in late April, is charged with membership of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) which is outlawed in Turkey as a terror group.

She is one of several German nationals detained under the state of emergency imposed in Turkey after the failed coup attempt last year, in a crackdown Berlin has criticised as excessive.

Tolu went on trial Wednesday at a court in Silivri outside Istanbul along with 17 others charged in the same case. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in jail.

The court ruled that Tolu and five others would remain in prison, while eight would be released pending trial, the Law Office of the Oppressed which is representing her announced.

Source: AFP

 

 

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