An Israeli couple arrested in Turkey for photograph the palace of Turkish President Recep Tayyip is released on Friday, local media reported Thursday.
The couple, both Egged bus drivers in their 40s from central Israel, were arrested after the woman filmed Erdogan’s palace, probably unaware that it was illegal. She then sent the photo in An family whatsapp group with the caption: “How nice house.”
Their family members didn’t realize what was happening until they didn’t come back home on Tuesday as planned.
“It was an innocent act” in good faith, as a tourist act, and not as a ‘criminal’ action die justifies such a wrongful act’ of detentionThe couple’s lawyer, Nir Yaslovitzh, said. in a letter to minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid, in to which they begged for him too intervene.
AN senior Israeli official told the Ynet news site that Jerusalem “acted quietly” to secure the couple’s release.
Earlier Thursday, a family relative had the Kan . told public broadcaster, “No Israeli” official has contacted met us, so we don’t know for sure what happened.”
The couple will appear in court on Friday in Turkey, where a judge is expected to order their immediate deportation back to Israel, Hebrew media said, citing Turkish media reports.
According to Ynet, Israeli officials previously feared in the day the couple could be charged with espionage.
A source quoted by the news site said “these are simple and harmless people who photographed the palace from a distance. Google has better photos. It’s right away clear that there is none espionage here.”
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They said officials were “very concerned that the Turks are blowing up this affair because” of tensions with Israel.”
“My sister is not affiliated with any spy agency,” the woman’s sister told Channel 12 news, referring to a Turkish report last month die said 15 men who allegedly spied on for Israel’s Mossad Intelligence Service was arrested by authorities.
“We really hope they release her if… soon if possible,” the sister added. “We have been asked not to speak and to play down the incident. We were sure they would soon free them, but now we cannot remain silent. We are worried for my sister and brother-in-law.”
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