Hearings began today involving 17 journalists and executives from the last newspaper that is critical of the Erdogan government. The defendants are charged with helping terrorists; critics say they're a target of Turkey's crackdown on press freedom.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will not turn over terror suspects until he gets the US-based cleric. He claims - amongst other things - that Gulen masterminded a failed coup in 2016.
Government prosecutors accuse those working at the country's leading newspaper of supporting terror organizations. The journalists accuse the government of using the courts to stifle the independent press.
The German journalist has called on Berlin to "stand up for the victims of human rights violations" in Turkey. A court has blocked Tolu from leaving Turkey pending a trial over alleged membership in a terror group.
Berlin and Ankara are set to restart regular government consultations after a break of almost a year, German media report. Relations between the two countries deteriorated after a failed coup against President Erdogan.
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