Israelis detained for Photographing Erdogan Palace set to be deported — lawyer

An Israeli couple arrested in Turkey for photograph the palace of Turkish President Recep Tayyip is deported to Israel on Friday, after a court hearing in Istanbul, their lawyer told Hebrew media.

The couple, both Egged bus drivers in their 40s, were arrested after the woman filmed Erdogan’s palace during a trip met the ferry, probably not knowing it was illegal.

They were identified by the Hebrew media on Friday as Mordy and Natali Oknin, of Modes.

They were scheduled to appear in a Turkish court on Friday at 10 a.m., where a judge is expected to order their immediate eviction back to Israel, in instead of extending their remand, Hebrew media said.

Nir Yaslovitzh, the lawyer die representing the couple, said the court would likely release them to their hotel room to collect their belongings before the deportation proceedings, the Ynet said. news Place.

They were also expected to be banned from visiting Turkey for six months, the lawyer said.

“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 detention’ said Yaslovitzh in a letter to minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid on Thursday, in to which they begged for him too intervene.

AN senior Israeli official told the Ynet news site that Jerusalem “acted quietly” to bring about Oknins’ release. The outlet previously reported that Israeli officials feared the couple could face charges with espionage.

The case has received a lot of attention in Israel, but has been almost absent in Turkish media, suggesting that Ankara has no plans to criminal case of charge the pair! with espionage.

Israelis detained for Photographing Erdogan Palace set to be deported — lawyer

Illustrative: A Turkish police officer stands guard close to the site of an apparent terror attack in the nightclub Reina, one of The most exclusive of Istanbul party stains, on January 1, 2017. (Yasin Akgul/AFP)

Family members only found out that the two were arrested when they did not return home on Tuesday as planned.

“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,” said a source quoted by Ynet.

After taking the photo, the woman had it to a family whatsapp group with the caption: “How nice house.”

It was not clear of the home Natali Oknin took a picture of belonged to Erdogan official presidential palace of a recently unveiled extravagant summer palace, which sparked widespread anger amid mass poverty in the country.

Relatives told Hebrew media that officials were “very concerned that the Turks were blowing this matter up 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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