The Istanbul court in a surprise manner at midnight on Friday decided to release the two Cumhuriyet journalists. At the 6th court session, the court decided the continuation of the trial on restrictive terms and released the chairman of Cumhuriyet’s board of management, Murat Sonucu, who had been in custody for 495 days, and journalist, Ahmet Şık, who remained jailed for 434 days. Restrictive terms were imposed on both of them until the court rules on their case. The two journalists are accused of supporting terrorist organizations.
However, the same court ruled against the release with restrictive terms of the director of the same newspaper, Akın Atalay, who today completes 436 days in prison.
If the judicial authorities in Turkey proceed with the release of other journalists, it might create a more positive climate towards Turkey in the upcoming EU-Turkey summit, which will be held on March 26 in Varna./IBNA