An Istanbul court ruled to release the leading Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel in the trial of Cumhuriyet newspaper meanwhile ordering that four others to remain in pretrial detention, on Monday.
Gursel, who spent 11 months in jail over terror charges, was released on pending trial.
While the trial was adjourned to Oct 31, the court ruled the continuation of pretrial detention for three other Cumhuriyet journalists Ahmet Şık, Akın Atalay and Murat Sabuncu as well as the daily’s accountant Emre Iper.
Cumhuriyet journalists face allegations of aiding the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) and the Gülen movement, stands accused of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
Meanwhile, pro-government newspapers Star and Akşam controversially posted on Twitter that the court ruled that all suspects including Gürsel remain in pretrial detention.