In Turkey, An Istanbul court has ordered the release of leading Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel in the controversial trial of staff from the Cumhuriyet opposition newspaper, but ruled that four other detained suspects must stay in jail.
As per information received, the judge ruled that Gursel, one of Turkey’s most respected journalists, could go free after 11 months in jail though he remains on trial on charges of links to terror groups. The trial of the staff from Cumhuriyet, a paper which has been deeply critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was adjourned until October 31.
In a case that has caused an international outcry, 17 staff members are charged with supporting through their coverage three groups that Turkey considers terror groups. These are the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the ultra- left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), and the movement of Fethullah Gulen, the US-based preacher whom Ankara accuses of ordering last year’s coup attempt.