Turkish official meets TRT reporter held in Egypt- UPDATED

Turkish chargé d'affaires met for three hours late Sunday with Metin Turan, a reporter for Turkish television broadcaster TRT who is currently detained by Egyptian authorities

Turkish official meets TRT reporter held in Egypt- UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Turkish chargé d'affaires met for three hours late Sunday with Metin Turan, a reporter for Turkish television broadcaster TRT who is currently detained by Egyptian authorities.

Health condition of Metin Turan, correspondent of Turkish state broadcaster TRT detained during Friday's Fath Mosque incidents in Egypt, was well, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Levent Gumrukcu released a statement via Twitter.

"We have made intensive attempts in relation to TRT correspondent Metin Turan since the very first day. Officials of Turkey's Embassy in Cairo held a three-hour long meeting with Turan on Sunday. He is in good health. We are using every means possible to have him set free as soon as possible," Gumrukcu said.

Gumrukcu also said they have hold several talks with senior officials from Egypt's Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Information over the past couple of days.

Turan was arrested early Saturday while covering a standoff between Egyptian security forces and protesters holed up inside Fath Mosque in Cairo's Ramses Square.

Hundreds of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, including women and children, had taken refuge in the mosque after dozens of fellow protesters had been killed by security forces in the square.

More than 181 people were killed Friday in mass rallies by Morsi supporters in several Egyptian cities, held to protest Wednesday's violent dispersal of two main protest sites in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

The Fatah Mosque protesters, along with journalists covering the standoff, were subsequently taken to Tora Prison in southern Cairo.

Anadolu Agency journalist Heba Zakariya was held for eight hours before being released along with other female detainees.

Turan, meanwhile, remains in police custody.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ağustos 2013, 15:16
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