German citizen released in Turkey, banned from travel: agency

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 07, 2017 10:37 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court has ordered a German citizen who was detained in southern Turkey last week to be released but banned from travel, Dogan news agency reported on Thursday.

The released person and their German spouse were detained while on holiday in Antalya, a popular tourist destination. The spouse had already been freed after questioning, Dogan said.

The agency said they had both been held as part of investigations into a network of supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Turkish authorities for a failed military coup last year, and Kurdish militants in Syria. Gulen has denied any link to the failed coup.

Thursday's reported release means 10 German citizens remain in Turkish detention on political charges.

The arrests have raised tensions between Ankara and Berlin and led Chancellor Angela Merkel to call for a review of relations and of Turkey's EU accession talks.

The detainees include dual German-Turkish citizen Deniz Yucel, who has been held for more than 200 days.

(Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dominic Evans and Alison Williams)