'MY FIRST NEWS STORY WILL BE ON HRANT'
Once the announcement was made of the suspects' release, a number of close relatives, friends and colleagues, including Nedim Şener's wife Vecide Şener and Ahmet Şık's wife Yonca Şık gathered in front of the Silivri Prison to greet the suspects. Once their release had been processed, Şener and Şık were met with applause and chants as they hugged their wives and loved ones.
In Nedim Şener's first announcement following his release he stated that he was being made to pay the price of his research into the murder of Hrant Dink, and said, "The dark forces that assassinated Hrant Dink are today threatening our freedom. However they will not be successful. I miss taking my daughter to school the most. My first article will be on Hrant." Ahmet Şık's first words were, "Justice that is lacking will not bring on democracy. There are approximately 100 journalists inside. The police, prosecutors and judges that have set up this conspiracy will go to prison."
EU: A PLEASING STEP
The European Union also welcomed the court decision on Monday. Peter Stano, spokesperson of EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle, said the release of the journalists was "a pleasing step" and called for "freedom of expression, and for a solution to be found for solving the structural issues that continue to endanger the right to freedom and security and a fair trial."