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Prosecutor releases Turkish expat detained for voting twice

A Turkish citizen who was detained for voting both in Belgium and in Turkey was released on Thursday, the Cumhuriyet daily reported.

The woman, who resides in Belgium, sparked outrage on social media this week when she shared photos showing her casting votes both in the Turkish Embassy in Belgium and at the customs gate of Adnan Menderes Airport in the western Turkish province of İzmir.

According to the report, during her testimony to a prosecutor she denied the allegations that she had voted twice, saying she took the first photo when she accompanied friends who were voting at the embassy in Brussels and that the second photo was from İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport, where she did cast her vote. Following her testimony she was released upon the order of the prosecutor.

Voting in Turkey will take place on June 24, but the polls are now closed for Turkish expatriates voting abroad.

According to official figures, voting totaled 48.78 percent of the expatriate population, with 1,486,408 Turkish citizens heading to the polls between June 7 and 19.

Over 3 million Turks living abroad are eligible to vote in the elections.

Turkish citizens living overseas and traveling to Turkey this month can also cast their votes at customs gates until 5 p.m. local time on June 24.

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