Turkish opposition deputy Balbay released

The Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court on Monday gave the ruling for the release of journalist and CHP Deputy Mustafa Balbay, detained under the Ergenekon case.

Turkish opposition deputy Balbay released

World Bulletin / News Desk

Journalist and Turkey's main opposition, the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Mustafa Balbay has been released from the Istanbul based Silivri Prison. The verdict was welcomed by both his party and different figures from the political arena. However, undoubtedly the ones who were the happiest with the decision were Balbay's family members.

The parents of Balbay were looking forward to the decision and rejoiced at the verdict which they learned from the TV at their home in Nazilli, Aydin, a south-western town of Turkey.

The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc welcomed the decision and said that the verdict, even if coming late, pleased the public conscience.

"The court's verdict is quite in place and we expect that it will also work for the deputies and other people who have been in prision for a long time," said Arinc.

Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek also welcomed the release of Balbay and added that he hoped the verdict will contribute to those who are in similar conditions.

CHP Chairman, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, also expressed pleasure over the verdict and phoned Balbay. It is reported that Kilicdaroglu presented his gratitude to Balbay and said that he wanted to see him in the parliament as soon as possible.

The Turkish Constiutional Court completed the draft of the reasoned desicion concerning the individual application of CHP deputies Mustafa Balbay and Mehmet Haberal and sent it to the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court decided on a 5,000 Turkish Lira compensation to be paid to Balbay due to his 'long-detention'.

Following the decision of the Constitutional Court, the Balbay's attorneys applied for his release.

CHP Depuy Chairman Akif Hamzacebi reported that Balbay would swear in at the Turkish National Assembly on Tuesday's parliamentary session.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Aralık 2013, 11:51