Turkish court rules to keep US consulate worker in jail, says lawyer

A Turkish policeman stands guard outside the courthouse in Istanbul on March 28, 2019, during the trial of Metin Topuz, an US consulate staffer accused of spying and attempting to overthrow the government. (AFP)

A Turkish court ruled on Thursday to keep US consulate employee Metin Topuz in jail as his trial continues, a lawyer for Topuz said on Thursday, meaning he will remain in detention until the trial resumes in May.

The trial of Topuz, a Turkish translator and fixer for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) at the US consulate in Istanbul, has deepened strains in the already fraught ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States.

Topuz is on trial for charges of espionage and links to a 2016 attempted military coup.

Another defense lawyer had said earlier on Thursday that he expected Topuz to be released on bail.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53