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Turkey releases two British journalists

7 September 2015

Two British journalists arrested on suspicion of having links with the PKK have been released, however, their Iraqi translator will remain under arrest in Turkey.

British journalists, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, and their Iraqi translator, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, who all reportedly worked for the US-based global media company, ‘Vice News’, were arrested in front of their hotel in Turkey’s south-east Diyarbakir province on 28th August.

Rasool, who police said was an international relations student at the Istanbul Fatih University, would remain under arrest after an alleged encryption system used by Daesh terrorist organisation, was found on his computer, the sources said.

The journalists were charged with “knowingly and wilfully helping an armed terrorist organisation without being a part of its hierarchical structure,” sources said, without naming the organisation that they allegedly aided.

‘Vice News’ on its website had described the charges against the trio as “baseless and absurd“.

Ankara Anatolia News Agency

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