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British journalists held on terror claims set to be deported from Turkey

Published 04/09/2015

Jake Hanrahan was accused of working on behalf of a terrorist organisation
Jake Hanrahan was accused of working on behalf of a terrorist organisation

Two British journalists who were arrested on terror-related charges in Turkey are expected to be deported, a lawyer has said.

Correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury were detained last week in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's mostly Kurdish south east, where renewed fighting between Kurdish rebels and security forces has killed scores of people.

A court ordered the two released on Thursday but their Turkey-based assistant, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, remains in jail pending the conclusion of an investigation.

Tahir Elci, head of the Diyarbakir lawyers' association, said the two Britons, who were working for Vice News, are expected to be expelled after formal procedures are complete. They are being kept at a local migration administration office.

Their arrests prompted strong protests from media rights advocates, the US and the European Union.

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