Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (13 February) on the Deniz Yücel case:
Deniz Yücel’s year spent in prison continues to be one of the major hurdles in bilateral relations between Germany and Turkey. In our talks, we are continuing to push for a swift trial in accordance with the rule of law. Only Deniz Yücel’s release can be the aim from our point of view.
It goes without saying that we are also standing up time and again and with great determination for the other Germans who have been imprisoned in Turkey for political reasons. We have already managed to achieve a number of breakthroughs in our talks – German citizens have since been released from prison on the basis of decisions by Turkish courts in accordance with the rule of law and have been able to leave the country. We will do everything in our power to ensure that this can also be achieved with respect to the court’s decision for Deniz Yücel.