Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yücel released from jail
A German government spokeswoman confirmed the news, which could ease some of the tensions between the NATO allies.
“I believe that this will lead to [Yücel] being able to leave the country,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told reporters in Munich. “I hope this will happen very soon.”
A Turkish court has accepted an indictment seeking up to 18 years in jail for Yücel on charges of “spreading terrorist propaganda” and “stirring enmity” and opted to free him ahead of trial.
Yücel was jailed in February last year on suspicion of spreading propaganda in support of a terrorist organization and inciting violence.
He denied the accusations.
Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said during a regular news conference on Feb. 16 that the release would be “an important first step” after massive diplomatic efforts.
A German Foreign Ministry spokesman said there were still contentious issues between Germany and Turkey, whose ties deteriorated after Ankara’s crackdown on suspected supporters of a failed military coup in 2016.
Yücel’s case has become the focus of particular attention for Germany.
The spokeswoman said that Berlin had not agreed to any “dirty deals or other arrangements” to secure the release.
Yıldırım, who met Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks in Berlin on Feb. 15, earlier this week had raised the prospect that Yücel could soon be freed.
“I hope that he will be freed soon. I think that there will be a development soon,” Yıldırım told German broadcaster ARD in an interview.