Turkish court orders early release of opposition lawmaker

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-21 03:30:34|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ISTANBUL, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- A lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party, who was sentenced to more than five years in prison for leaking state information, was released on Thursday after a court order, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Earlier in the day, Turkey's Supreme Court ruled that the sentence given to Enis Berberoglu is suspended, Anadolu said.

The lawmaker was accused of providing the Cumhuriyet daily with a video which shows trucks, allegedly owned by Turkey's intelligence agency, transporting weaponry and ammunition to Syria.

The Turkish government claimed that the trucks were carrying humanitarian aid to Turkmens in Syria, saying the stop and search of the vehicles was ordered by the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who was accused by Ankara of being behind a failed coup in Turkey in 2016.

Berberoglu initially received 25 years in prison for espionage in 2017, becoming the first lawmaker from the main opposition to be jailed, but his sentence was commuted later to more than five years.

He was re-elected to the parliament in the elections in June.