Tolu, working for the ETHA agency, was arrested in Turkey in May last year on terrorism-related charges. She was released in December, but still prohibited to leave the country. On August 20, the journalist announced that the court had lifted the travel ban.
The journalist will face trial in October. Several German nationals, including journalists Tolu, Deniz Yucel and human rights activist Peter Steudtner, were detained in Turkey on terrorist charges last year, amid a deterioration of ties between the two countries, sparked by Berlin's condemnation of Ankara’s mass arrests in connection with the failed 2016 coup. German authorities have argued that the arrests were unlawful, and compromised Turkey’s judiciary and security systems.
Steudtner and Yucel were released in October 2017 and February 2018, respectively.