Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that does not respect the decision of the constitutional court who ordered the release of two journalists who spent three months in prison on charges of revealing state secrets.
«I say this clearly: I do not agree with this decision. I don’t feel the slightest respect. This story has nothing to do with freedom of expression. We are talking about espionage», — said the head of state.
On 26 February, according to the court, released the chief editor of the newspaper Cumhuriyet Jan Dundar and editor in chief of Bureau in Ankara Erdem Gul. They first reported that the Turkish intelligence agencies are arming radical opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.
In November 2015, the journalists were arrested. They were charged with revealing state secrets for the purpose of espionage, calling for the violent overthrow of the government and aid terrorist organizations.
Despite the court order, according to which the investigators violated the constitutional rights of journalists, their trial will begin on March 26. If they are found guilty, they face several life sentences.