Turkish Court Orders Release of Pundit Gurcan In Spying Case

A Turkish court in capital Ankara on Wednesday ordered the release of a security expert Metin Gurcan, who was detained for spying and transferring state secrets to foreign diplomats.

Gurcan, 46-years-old Turkish was detained in November 2021and was sentenced to 35 years in prison for “political and military espionage.”

Public prosecutor accused Gurcan of transferring secret information about Turkey’s military activities in Syria and Libya to the foreign diplomats.

Gurcan denied all charges and said that his consultancy services in 2019 were based on open or public sources and had never transferred or leaked government’s secrets to the foreign diplomats.

Gurcan said that his consultancy services included people and institutions in Turkey and in the neighboring countries. Gurcan reiterated that whatever information he passed had no secret documents because he had no access to the state secrets.

After hearings, the Ankara 26th Heavy Penal Court ruled for Gurcan’s release.

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