Turkey: Warrant issued for former CHP deputy

Turkish prosecutors on Monday issued a warrant for a former lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), judicial sources said.

The warrant was issued just after Eren Erdem's release earlier on Monday, as an upper court in Istanbul accepted an appeal against his release.

The court issued the arrest warrant as during his arrest on charges of armed terrorist group membership last June, he was at an airport attempting to leave the country.

He was charged with illegally distributing voice recordings during December 17-25, 2013 coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

FETO is accused of attempting to overthrow the Turkish government in late 2013 through the release of allegedly fabricated voice recordings linked to a corruption case.

Erdem was charged with armed terrorist group membership, willingly aiding a terrorist group, and violating the privacy of an investigation, and could face jail time of about 10 to 22 years.

Istanbul's 35th Heavy Penal Court sent Erdem to jail pending his trial.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

Source: Anadolu Agency