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Turkey’s Effort to Repair Relations Trips Over Its Crackdown

February 15, 2018

Mr. Gabriel told reporters in Munich that he believed there would be no restrictions on Mr. Yucel’s movements. “I expect that he will leave the country,” he said.

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Anadolu reported that prosecutors had filed an indictment against Mr. Yucel seeking a sentence of four to 18 years. It was at the hearing in which Mr. Yucel was indicted that the court ordered he be let go until the start of the trial, but it was believed to be a procedural step that was necessary to arrange his release.

Mr. Yucel, who was accused by Mr. Erdogan of acting as an agent for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, was released from Silivri prison, about 60 miles from Istanbul. Even before that happened, his family was celebrating.

“Finally!! Finally!! Finally!! Deniz is free!” Mr. Yucel’s wife, Dilek Mayaturk Yucel, wrote on Twitter.

Mr. Yucel was one of scores of journalists arrested by the Turkish authorities in a broader crackdown after a failed coup in 2016, in which tens of thousands of people were detained.

Taner Kilic, a Turkish citizen and the chairman of Amnesty International Turkey, was also jailed on terrorism charges and recently ordered released by a court in Istanbul. Before he could be released, however, he was remanded in custody on appeal by the prosecutors.

Carlotta Gall contributed reporting from Ankara, Turkey.

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