Report: 18 Germans detained in Turkey since failed coup
April 21, 2017
At least 18 German nationals have been detained in Turkey since last year's July 15 failed coup. Some remain behind bars, as the country takes on increasingly authoritarian characteristics after last week's referendum.
Five of the 18 German citizens confirmed to have been detained since July 2016 are reportedly still in custody, according to a preview from Saturday's edition of Germany's "Bild" newspaper.
Some of those placed under arrest were reported in Bild as dual nationals. Meanwhile, at least 17 German citizens in Turkey remain barred from leaving the country, according to the daily.
One of those presently in prison in Turkey is the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who worked as a correspondent for "Die Welt" before his arrest.
Last week's narrow win at the polls for Erdogan's referendum on changing Turkey's government system to a presidential one is expected to consolidate further powers under Erdogan's future leadership, with many opponents fearing growing autocracy or even one-man-rule in Turkey.
While many Turks have taken to the streets of major cities to protest the outcome of the plebiscite, saying that the vote was rigged, Turkey's Higher Election Board (YSK) has rejected appeals to annul the referendum result.