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Court lifts travel ban for German journalist Meşale Tolu

Court lifts travel ban for German journalist Meşale Tolu

A Turkish court has lifted a travel ban for German journalist Meşale Tolu, who was arrested last year on terrorism-related charges last year.

Tolu announced on her Twitter account on 20 August that although her travel ban was lifted, the trial against her still continued. The next hearing in her trial will be held on 16 October.

A solidarity group formed to support Tolu said in a statement that she was going to leave Turkey soon, although her husband, Suat Çorlu, who faces similar charges, is still subject to a travel ban and must stay in Turkey.

Tolu, a German citizen who worked as a reporter and translator for Etkin News Agency (ETHA), was arrested during a police raid at her house where she lived with her two-and-a-half-years-old son on 30 April 2017, and subsequently jailed pending trial on 6 May.

She faces up to 15 years in prison on charges of “terror propaganda” and “membership of a terrorist organization.” Prosecutors claimed her attendance at the funerals of several members of the left-wing the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) as evidence of her membership in the banned group.

She was released on judicial control after 7.5 months of imprisonment at the end of the second hearing of her trial held in December. In April, the court ruled to keep the travel ban against Tolu in place.