[UPDATE] Detention warrant issued for former CHP deputy shortly after release from jail

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A picture taken on November 17, 2015 shows former Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Eren Erdem as he makes a speech at the Turkish parliament in Ankara. An Istanbul court ordered Eren Erdem, a former MP for Istanbul from the Republican People's Party (CHP), be charged for "deliberately and willingly helping an armed terror group, without being a member", Anadolu news agency reported. Erdem will now remain in jail ahead of trial. He risks between nine-and-a-half and 22 years in jail if convicted. / AFP PHOTO / CUMHURIYET DAILY NEWSPAPER / Necati Savas

An İstanbul court on Monday evening issued a detention warrant for former Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Eren Erdem, who was released pending trial earlier in the day, the Diken news website reported.

Erdem was arrested on June 29 on charges of “aiding a terrorist organization” five days after parliamentary and presidential elections in which he failed to secure a seat in the legislature. He faces a prison sentence of between nine and 22 years.

During a hearing at the İstanbul 23th High Criminal Court on Monday morning, the court decided to release him pending trial and subject to judicial supervision.

However, the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office later in the day objected to Erdem’s release, claiming that he could flee abroad, and a higher court accepted its objection and issued a detention warrant for Erdem.

Before becoming a deputy, Erdem was a journalist for the Karşı daily, which published documents from corruption probes that became public knowledge in December 2013 and implicated the family of then-prime minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

There are 12 defendants in the trial including Erdem.

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