Merkel demands Turkey release German prisoners

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the Turkish government to release the Germans who were arrested in Turkey following an attempted military action there last summer.

Merkel said, according to the news agency “ABC” America on Tuesday, “we renew our demand clearly is the release of citizens detained there,” stressing that Turkey has launched an campaign of “unjustified” detention of German citizens, and described the stage of German relations – Turkish as “very complex”.

“I wish for much better relations between Berlin and Ankara, but we have to look at the reality that bilateral relations are going through at the moment,” the German chancellor said.

The 10 Germans detained for political reasons in Turkey, including journalist Deniz Yogel, translator Misalli Tolo and human rights activist Peter Stoitner. They face charges of supporting terrorists.