Istanbul, Oct 14 () - An Istanbul criminal court of peace ruled on Oct. 14 for the release of Today’s Zaman editor-in-chief Bülent Keneş, daily Zaman has reported on its website.
Keneş was arrested on Oct. 9 for allegedly “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan via Twitter posts. Keneş’s lawyers appealed the decision and the 8th Istanbul Criminal Court of Peace ruled for his release after evaluating the appeal.
Keneş had been released on probation on Oct. 8, but he was detained again on Oct. 9 after the case’s prosecutor objected to the court’s release ruling.
Today’s Zaman, which is the English version of the Turkish-language daily Zaman, is known as being close to the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, an ally-turned-foe of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.
Following huge corruption allegations in 2013 against Erdoğan’s inner circle, thousands of suspected Gülen sympathizers were purged from the police force and the judiciary.
Hidayet Karaca, the head of the Samanyolu Broadcasting Group, which is also linked to the Gülen movement, has been under arrest since Dec. 14, 2014 on terrorism charges.