Turkey’s Erdogan angered over court’s decision to free journalists

Published February 29th, 2016 - 06:56 GMT
Employees of the Cumhuriyet daily greet their editor-in-chief Can Dundar  after being freed from prison pending trial on February 26, 2016 at Cumhuriyet's headquarters in Istanbul. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
Employees of the Cumhuriyet daily greet their editor-in-chief Can Dundar after being freed from prison pending trial on February 26, 2016 at Cumhuriyet's headquarters in Istanbul. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

The controversial case of two Turkish journalists, who were freed from detention on Friday, has again provoked the wrath of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Can Dundar and Erdem Gul are facing espionage charges over their reporting for the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet. They were arrested in November.

On Thursday, Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled that their detention was “not lawful” and had violated their rights.

They were then freed pending their trial in March.

“I can only remain silent over the decision the Constitutional Court made," Erdogan said. “But I don’t have to accept it, let me be clear about that. I don’t agree with the decision and I don’t respect it.”

Dundar and Gul were charged with aiding a terrorist organisation and publishing material that violated state security. Cumhuriyet published reporting and videos, which the paper said showed Turkish intelligence officials transporting weapons to Syria in 2014.


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