German journalist freed in Turkey - media

German journalist freed in Turkey - media

A German journalist detained in Turkey for a year Deniz Yucel is being released from jail pending trial, German officials and his lawyer said.

Yucel, a correspondent for German daily Die Welt, could still face up to 18 years in prison if convicted, Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported.

"Finally, a decision has been made to free my client Deniz Yucel," his lawyer Veysal Ok, wrote on Twitter. 

Yucel, who has both German and Turkish citizenship, was arrested in Istanbul on Feb. 14, 2017, on terrorism and propaganda charges that he denies.

Dogan news agency reported prosecutors were charging the journalist with "engaging in terrorist propaganda" and "inciting public hatred and enmity," seeking a minimum of four years.