Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (16 February):
“I am very pleased with this decision by the Turkish judiciary. And I am even happier for Deniz Yücel and his family. This is a good day for all of us. I want to expressly thank the Turkish Government for what it has done to help speed up the procedure. During the past months, I have held many direct talks with the Turkish Government regarding the speeding up of this case. These included two meetings with Turkey’s President Erdogan. The Turkish Government has always emphasised that it will not exert any political influence on the court’s decision-making.
The independence of the court decision was always a key concern during all of our talks. That makes today’s decision all the more pleasing. I wish to thank two people in particular. First, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavosoglu, who greatly facilitated the contacts and talks, as well as the accelerated procedure. Second, the German Federal Chancellor, for placing her trust in the efforts of the Federal Foreign Office regarding this difficult case. I personally am very pleased about the outcome.”