Warrant issued for former CHP deputy shortly after his release - media

Warrant issued for former CHP deputy shortly after his release - media

Turkish prosecutors in Istanbul have issued a warrant for a former lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Eren Erdem, only minutes after a court ruled for his release on January  7.

An upper court in Istanbul accepted an appeal by the prosecutors against his release in the case in which Erdem was accused of “aiding a terrorist organization without being a member” and “violating the confidentiality of a criminal investigation,” Hurriyet reported.

Erdem was brought to the gendarmerie command in Istanbul's Silivri district, lawyer Onur Cingil said on his Twitter account in the early hours of January 8.

Erdem was arrested in the capital Ankara after the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant on June 29, 2018. His immediate arrest was requested by prosecutors citing “the risk of his escape from the country.”

The former MP is accused of “publishing illegal wiretapping carried out by FETÖ” when he was the editor-in-chief of now-shuttered Karşı newspaper.

An Istanbul prosecutor on January 7 again repeated his demand that Erdem receive jail time from 8.5 years to 19 years.

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