Dutch journalist detained over Erdogan tweets leaves Turkey

A Dutch journalist who was detained by authorities in Turkey and then banned from leaving the country has returned to the Netherlands, the Dutch Foreign Ministy said.

Ebru Umar, a columnist of Turkish origin, was arrested in April after criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Twitter.

She was arrested at her home in the coastal town of Kusadasi, released after a day of questioning, and then blocked from leaving Turkey.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a Turkish judge ruled that Umar could await the outcome of her case at her home in the Netherlands.

Umar landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport early Wednesday.

The Turkish government has drawn international criticism over a crackdown against critical domestic media outlets.

Earlier this year, the opposition newspaper Zaman was taken over by the Turkish government and later relaunched as a pro-government publication

Last update: Wed, 11/05/2016 - 13:25
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