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Turkey frees 45 pending trial over Kurdish rebel ties

Published on Mar 27, 2014 11:47 PM

ISTANBUL (AFP) - A Turkish court has freed 45 people, including eight journalists, accused of ties to outlawed Kurdish rebels after more than two years of pre-trial custody, local media said Thursday.

They were arrested in late 2011 in a crackdown on the banned Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), accused of being the political wing of the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

An Istanbul court freed the suspects, under condition of travel bans, late Wednesday, ruling that they had spent more time in pre-trial detention than allowed under new rules, the Hurriyet newspaper said.

They are set to face trial in April, with the exception of the journalists who will be tried in May.

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