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Prosecutor seeks acquittal of Turkish-German journalist of terror charges

German journalist and translator, Mesale Tolu, who is on trial in Turkey on terror-related charges, and her husband (L), walks outside the Caglayan courthouse in Istanbul on October 16, 2018. (Photo by YASIN AKGUL / AFP)

An İstanbul prosecutor has requested that a Turkish-German journalist who is standing trial on terror-related charges be acquitted, according to a statement from the Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ).

The 14th hearing of the trial in which German-based journalist Meşale Tolu is being tried on charges of terrorist organization membership and spreading terrorist propaganda was held in İstanbul on Thursday.

Presenting its opinion, the prosecution recommended the acquittal of the journalist. The court, however, adjourned the trial to Dec. 24, 2021, accepting a request from the journalist’s lawyers for extra time to prepare their defense. The CFWIJ welcomed the prosecution’s decision, demanding the court take it into consideration before making its final ruling.

The journalist faces a prison sentence of up to 25 years if convicted.

Tolu was arrested in İstanbul in April 2017 and was imprisoned for more than seven months. She had worked in Istanbul for the ETHA News Agency, among others. Her trial began in October 2017, after which Tolu was released on judicial probation. In August 2018 she was allowed to return to Germany after a travel ban imposed on her was lifted.

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