Journalist Mesale Tolu answers to questions of journalists at the airport of Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Tolu has been charged with engaging in terrorist propaganda and being a member of a banned left-wing group, the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party. She rejects the accusations. (Christoph Schmidt/dpa via AP)

German journalist facing terror trial in Turkey returns home

August 26, 2018 - 8:32 am
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BERLIN (AP) — A German journalist who is on trial in Turkey on terror-related charges has returned to Germany after a Turkish court ruled that she could leave the country.

German news agency dpa reported that Mesale Tolu landed in Stuttgart on Sunday. Earlier Sunday, Tolu tweeted a photograph of herself and her young son at a Turkish airport with the words "going home after 17 months."

Tolu has been charged with engaging in terrorist propaganda and being a member of a banned left-wing group, the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party. She rejects the accusations.

She was released from prison in December while the trial continued, but a court only recently lifted an exit ban. When the court's move became public, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called it "a step toward improving our relations with Turkey."

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