Opposition politician Gürcan rearrested day after release on espionage charges

Turkish opposition politician and prominent defence expert Metin Gürcan has been re-arrested, a day after his release pending trial on charges of espionage, Diken news site reported on Friday.

A Turkish court on Thursday ordered the release of the opposition Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) co-founder and retired member of the Turkish Armed Forces, after four months behind bars, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.

The 46-year-old, who frequently covers developments in the military, was  arrested on Nov. 29 on charges of “political and military espionage.” 

The politician and defense analyst is accused of selling alleged secret information to foreign diplomats. The politician denies the charges.

On Thursday, the Ankara 27th High Criminal Court issued a fresh arrest warrant for the DEVA party official hours after his release, following an objection by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, Cumhuriyet said.

Gürcan in 2020 founded the DEVA party together with its leader, Ali Babacan, a former deputy prime minister who broke away from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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