4/14 Erdogan rules out releasing German-Turkish journalist Yucel ‘as long as I am in power’

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

The newly married Yucel, a reporter for the German daily “Die Welt” who has been imprisoned in Turkey since mid-February, will not be released as long as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains in power, the Turkish president promised on Thursday. In an interview with the broadcaster TGRT in Istanbul, Erdogan ruled out Yucel’s return to Germany: “as long as I am in office, never,” the Turkish president said. Erdogan cited Germany’s refusal to hand over Turkish citizens suspected of terrorism as a reason behind his refusal. The German government has repeatedly called for Yucel’s immediate release. His detention has intensified tensions between Germany and Turkey.

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