Defendant in Istanbul bombing trial asks to be set free

2018-01-08 22:37
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Istanbul - Turkish media say a suspect accused of organising a suicide bomb attack that killed 12 Germans has requested his release from jail, arguing that he needs to take care of his children who he says are at risk of joining the Islamic State group.

The court adjourned the trial against 26 people accused of involvement in the 2016 attack at Istanbul's Sultanahmet district, a favourite spot for tourists, until January 24.

The Dogan News Agency quoted Atala Al Hassan Al Mayyouf as requesting his release during Monday's hearing. He faces a life term in prison.

The suicide bomber, a Syrian identified as Nabil Fadli, was believed to be affiliated with ISIS.  

The deadly attack, one of several to rock Turkey since 2015, also wounded 15 people.

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