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    The United States welcomed the decision of a Turkish court to release from pre-trial detention two journalists arrested over investigating Ankara's efforts to provide weapons to militants in Syria, US Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Last week, Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled that the arrest of the journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul constituted a violation of their rights. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he would not respect the court’s decision, accusing the journalists of espionage.

    "We welcomed frankly the court ruling that ended the pre-trial imprisonment of these two [journalists], one was editor-in-chief and the other was a bureau chief, and we are going to continue to follow their case closely," Toner stated.

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    detainees, trial, espionage, Turkey's Constitutional Court, Erdem Gul, Can Dundar, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, US
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