An Israeli couple has been placed in pre-trial detention by an Istanbul court for photographing the palace of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

According to the Turkish media, the couple is accused of spying for the Israeli government.

The Israeli Times said they will likely be released soon and deported from Turkey after a diplomatic intervention.

A lawyer representing the couple claimed that “it was an innocent act done in good faith, as a tourist act, and not as a ‘criminal’ act that justifies such an abusive act of detention.”