Egypt extends detention of Turkish journalist

The detention of Metin Turan has been extended until the next hearing, an Egyptian judge ruled

Egypt extends detention of Turkish journalist

The detention of Metin Turan – the Turkish journalist who has been in an Egyptian prison since he was detained in August while covering the military crackdown on supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi -- has been extended until the next hearing, an Egyptian judge ruled on Wednesday.

Turkey's ambassador to Egypt, Hüseyin Avni Botsali, and Turan's lawyers were present during Turan's interrogation at the Wadi al-Natron prison on Wednesday. “Turan is regularly visited by us and his family is being looked after by the government,” Botsali told press.

Concerned about his life, Turan said in a Twitter message a month ago: "Save me before this place turns into a bloodbath. Does Turkey not have allies? They could release me here if Turkey made contact with the United Arab Emirates." Egyptian officials have the right to extend Turan's imprisonment every two weeks.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc commented on the tweets Turan sent in early October and said the tweets might cause his detention to be extended. “I also have a message for Metin Turan: Do not send such tweets. You know the conditions that you are in better than we do. Turkey and the government stand behind you. But there is a judiciary in Egypt, and our lawyers are in contact with the judiciary there. We are also trying to keep the diplomatic channels open. If you keep sending such tweets, you might be exposed to other allegations, too,” said Arinc during a press briefing.

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Last Mod: 15 Kasım 2013, 09:01
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