“It is not right to accuse the government in each step of the judiciary” he said, while speaking to journalists en route to Brussels for a key summit with EU leaders.
He was commenting on the Nov. 24 arrest of daily Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and Ankara Bureau Chief Erdem Gül on charges of “espionage” and “supporting an armed terrorist organization” based on reports in Cumhuriyet regarding Syrian-bound Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MİT) trucks in 2014.
“But as I said [on Nov. 28], the basic point is a trial without an arrest. There are other implementations such as probation” the prime minister said.
“I believe that it is right to pick a release pending trial apart from obligatory cases,” he said. Revealing state secrets “is a crime everywhere in the world” he added.