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Ready for cooperation with Egypt for release of Turkish journalist: Turkish envoy

30 September 2013 18:08 (Last updated 30 September 2013 18:10)
Turkey's ambassador in Cairo, Huseyin Avni Botsali, said Monday they were ready for cooperation with the Egyptian government for the release of a kidnapped Turkish journalist.

CAIRO (AA) - Turkey's ambassador in Cairo, Huseyin Avni Botsali, said Monday they were ready for cooperation with the Egyptian government for the release of a kidnapped Turkish journalist.

Saying he was following closely the situation surrounding the captivity of the Turkish journalist, Metin Turan, Botsali told the Anadolu Agency that he had met Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.

Turan from Turkey's state broadcaster TRT is held in Wadi El Natrun Prison. The Turkish ambassador said the journalist was allowed to communicate with his relatives and wife.

A court is expected to rule on Monday whether to extend Turan's detention period.  

In Egypt, maximum detention period is 15 days, where imprisonment can be extended for another 15 days on the order of the the prosecutor's office.

Turan was detained in August during a violent police intervention in Cairo’s Ramses Square to disperse an anti-coup sit-in. He was among the protesters trapped in a mosque that was besieged by security forces.

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