Turkey protests over foreign consuls at journalists' trial

Editor-in-chief of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dundar (L), and Ankara editor Erdem Gul hold hands as they arrive at the Istanbul courthouse before their trial on March 25, 2016Turkey has protested over the presence and behaviour of consuls from EU states at the controversial espionage trial of two journalists, an official said Monday, in an escalating spat between Ankara and its Western allies. A diplomatic source said Turkey objected to comments on social media by some of the diplomats who attended the first day of the trial of the Cumhuriyet daily’s editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul. “We have conveyed our discomfort to the concerned countries’ representatives over the comments shared on social media which may constitute interference in the independent judicial process and which do not comply with impartiality,” the source said.

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