Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (13 June) after Ambassador Martin Erdmann’s visit to Deniz Yücel in prison:
It is good that our Ambassador was able to speak in person with Deniz Yücel today and to find out more about the prison conditions. We have noted his requests for better prison conditions.
I am relieved to hear that Deniz Yücel said he is well.
That does not change the fact that we, his wife, his newspaper and his colleagues call for a swift and fair trial and want him to be released. We are continuing to work on this, and I discussed the matter recently with my Turkish counterpart in Ankara.