Turkish court releases Buyukada meeting suspects
Giriş: 27.10.2017 23:53:09 - Güncelleme: 27.10.2017 23:58:31

Turkish court releases Buyukada meeting suspects

A court in Istanbul on Wednesday ordered the release of eight suspects from prison pending trial who were arrested in a police raid during a meeting on Buyukada Island off Istanbul in July.

 

According to a judicial source who spoke on condition of anonymity, a total of 11 suspects, eight of whom were held in jail, were accused of being members of and aiding an armed terror organization.

 

Three of the suspects are on trial without arrest.

 

The suspects are German national Peter Frank Steudtner, Swedish national Ali Ghravi and nine Turkish nationals, namely Amnesty International Turkey Director Idil Eser, Veli Acu, Taner Kilic, Nalan Erkem, Ozlem Dalkiran, Ilknur Ustun, Gunal Kursun, Nejat Tastan and Seyhmus Ozbekli.

 

The court also ordered travel bans for the suspects Ozlem Dalkiran, Veli Acu, Nejat Tastan and Seyhmus Ozbekli, the source said.

 

One of the suspects, Taner Kilic, a representative of Amnesty International in Turkey, had been detained earlier for using ByLock, an encrypted messaging app used by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and some 2,200 injured.

 

Turkey accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

 

The court has postponed the hearing until Nov. 22 to hear the witness testimony of the manager of the hotel where the meeting was held.


 

A senior Turkish minister on Friday denied media reports that the release of the Buyukada terror suspects was part of any negotiations between Germany and Turkey.

 

Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul told reporters in Ankara that the decision was taken independently by the judges holding them on trial.

 

“The Turkish judiciary is independent and impartial,” Gul said prior to a ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party meeting.

 

“Turkey is a state of law…Our judges are independent and impartial in their judgment,” Gul added.

 

An Istanbul court on Wednesday released eight suspects, including two foreign nationals, who were accused of being members of and aiding an armed terrorist organization.

 

Eleven suspects were arrested in a police raid during a meeting on Buyukada Island off Istanbul in July.

 

They included German national Peter Frank Steudtner and Swedish national Ali Ghravi and nine Turkish nationals.

 

Amnesty International’s Turkey Director Idil Eser was also among the suspects who has been released.

 

Taner Kilic, another representative of Amnesty International, is still in detention for allegedly using ByLock, an encrypted messaging app used by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) members during and after last July’s defeated coup attempt.

 

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and some 2,200 injured

.

Turkey accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

 

Anadolu Agency

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