Israeli Couple Detained on Suspicion of Espionage Released From Turkey

Natali and Mordy Oknin, who were held in Turkey for a week on suspicion of espionage, speak to journalists hours after they were released at their home in Modiin, on November 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

An Israeli couple Mordi and Natalie Oknin are on their way to Israel. They were finally released after being held in Turkey for a week on suspicion of espionage when they were seen taking photographs of the Turkish president’s residence in Istanbul.

Anadolu Agency said a Turkish national was also arrested. Police detained the three individuals after a tip-off from an employee working in a radio and television tower on the Asian side of Istanbul. The employee claimed the couple had been taking photographs of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s nearby home from the tower’s restaurant.

They were formally arrested and awaiting trial for “political and military espionage” by an Istanbul court.

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