Turkey releases Vice reporter held on terrorism charges

Vice News reporter released after being held on terrorism charges by Turkish authorities

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Mohammed Rasool, an Iraqi national, was detained in August, along with two other Vice journalists.

Turkey has released a Vice News reporter, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, on bail after holding him more than four months in prison on terrorism charges, the news magazine announced on Tuesday.

Three staff members from Vice News - two British journalists Jacob Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, and Iraqi translator Rasool - were arrested at the behest of a Turkish court in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir by police on August 31.  

The trio were accused of working on behalf of the PKK terrorist organisation and of assisting DAESH.

Iraqi translator Rasool was reported to have a military-grade encryption system on his personal computer and refused to decrypt the encryption system so an official review could be conducted.

This presented further suspicions about nature of what the journalists were doing in Turkey, reports suggested.

Two British Vice News reporters were released by a Turkish court order on Sep. 7 and returned to the United Kingdom while Rasool remained in prison.

According to reports, a court document was issued in Diyarbakir saying Rasool was detained "as a protective measure" and was not allowed to leave Turkey. It said he must report to police twice a week.

TRTWorld, Reuters