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German journalist Mesale Tolu free but in Turkey

(B2) German journalist Mesale Tolu Çorlu was finally released on Monday, according to German authorities. But this freedom is not total. After spending more than seven months in preventive detention in Turkey, she is prohibited from leaving the country and will have to report to the police station every week. The legal proceedings against him for alleged membership of a terrorist organization are continuing. The trial will resume at the end of April.

« The procedure is not abandoned, but a first step, a big step is taken », rejoiced the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel. The German government wants to continue to press for the trial to be canceled and for the journalist to return to Germany.

Several other Germans are still detained, without very clear reasons, in Turkey, including the correspondent of the daily "Die Welt", Deniz Yücel. Among them, the correspondent of the daily Die Welt, Deniz Yücel. Since the failed coup of July 15, 2016, relations between Ankara and Berlin have not really been in good shape. And the Turkish power is suspected of taking hostage the journalists arrested to put pressure on the government.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).