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Spain urged to free Swedish-Turkish writer Hamza Yalcin

Turkey's President Recap Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Presidential Press Service/Pool photo via AP

Published: 11.Aug.2017 15:55 hrs

Spain faces growing calls to release a Swedish-Turkish writer being held in Barcelona on Turkey's warrant.

Hamza Yalcin's arrest comes as alarm grows over press freedom in Turkey, with dozens of journalists detained and foreign reporters also caught up in a crackdown under the state of emergency imposed after last year's coup attempt.

Yalcin, who lives in Sweden and has dual Swedish-Turkish citizenship, was arrested on August 3rd at Barcelona's El Prat airport and is being held while a Spanish court decides whether to extradite him or not.

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