Turkey orders release and upholds sentence of MP who leaked 'secrets'

ISTANBUL (dpa)- A Turkish appeals court on Thursday ordered the release of an opposition lawmaker accused of leaking state secrets to influential daily Cumhuriyet.
However, while the court in Ankara ruled to free Enis Berberoglu, it simultaneously upheld a jail term against him that will be deferred until his term as a lawmaker ends, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Berberoglu will have to complete the prison term once he is no longer a lawmaker. He was among more than 130 lawmakers whose immunity was lifted in 2016.
The charges are connected to a front-page report, published by Cumhuriyet in May 2015, alleging Turkish arms shipments to Islamist rebels in Syria.
In 2017, Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years in jail for leaking information on the story to Cumhuriyet in 2015, an act that triggered massive opposition protests.
In February, a court reduced that sentence to five years and 10 months during a retrial.
Berberoglu was re-elected on June 24 while in jail for another five-year term as a member of parliament for the main opposition Republican Peoples' Party (CHP).

Friday, September 21st 2018

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