4 Turkish-Swiss dual nationals still prohibited from leaving Turkey

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Four Turkish-Swiss dual nationals remain unable to leave Turkey after one person who had been in the same situation returned to Switzerland this week, according to the Swiss foreign affairs ministry, SWI reported.

The individuals had either been arrested or prevented from leaving Turkey in the aftermath of a failed coup in 2016. The foreign affairs ministry said in July that the individuals were being held on suspicion of membership in banned organizations.

One dual national remains in Turkish custody, the foreign affairs ministry confirmed to the Swiss News Agency Keystone-SDA. The other three are prohibited from leaving the country.

In July Turkish Ambassador to Switzerland İlhan Saygılı had announced the imminent lifting of the travel ban on Turkish-Swiss dual nationals and promised their release. At the time, eight individuals with Turkish and Swiss passports were prevented from travelling. However, Saygılı said the ban would only be lifted for those citizens who were not allowed to leave the country because of an administrative measure. Those who had the ban imposed because of a court decision would have to wait for a new ruling to be able to travel again.

The foreign affairs ministry told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper on Saturday that it had discussed the travel ban with Turkish officials at several levels of government and would continue to do so.

The ministry did not comment on individual cases.

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