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A Turkish court's decision to detain 6 human rights activists, pending trial on terrorism charges, is drawing increasing national and international condemnation. The detentions are part of the ongoing crackdown following last year’s failed coup. One of the jailed, Peter Steudtner, is a German national which has further escalated tensions between Berlin and Ankara. Dorian Jones reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the pre-trial detention of consultant Peter Steudtner and a group of other human rights activists in Turkey "unjustified." Sweden and the US have also condemned the arrests.