Ankara must not “abuse” Interpol, warns Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 18 August 2017 in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed on Sunday the release by the Spanish court of a German-Turkish writer arrested at the request of Ankara, but warned that Turkey should not “abuse” Interpol .
“We should not abuse international organizations such as Interpol,” Chancellor RTL said, speaking on the case of Dogan Akhanli, a German writer of Turkish origin who writes about human rights in Turkey.
Akhanli was arrested on Saturday in Spain at the request of Ankara by Spanish police officers operating on Interpol’s mandate.
He was released conditionally on Sunday after protests in Berlin, whose relations with Ankara have deteriorated markedly since the coup pitched against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017
According to his lawyer Illias Uyar, the writer “is released on condition of staying in Madrid” until Turkey formally requests his extradition.
Angela Merkel also said that Berlin was in close contact with the Spanish authorities and was willing to call her counterpart Mariano Rajoy if necessary.
“It would be a terrible thing if, even at the other end of Europe, Turkey succeeded in arresting people who are raising their voice against President Erdogan,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said after the handover On conditional release of Mr. Dakhanli.
His arrest is “unfortunately one of the many cases” of Germans against whom Turkey has prosecuted, Merkel continued on Sunday. And to mention the case Deniz Yücel, named after the German-Turkish journalist, correspondent of the German daily newspaper Die Welt, imprisoned since February in Turkey.
“That is why we have changed our policy towards Turkey,” she added during a televised meeting with voters.
The Cologne newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger claims that Dogan Akhanli is being prosecuted in Turkey without further details.
The author, who wrote a trilogy about the genocide of the Armenians from 1915-1917, has been living in Cologne since 1992 and has already dealt with the Turkish justice system.
Imprisoned from 1985 to 1987 in Turkey, then suspected of involvement in an armed robbery in 1989, he was arrested upon his arrival in Istanbul in 2010. He was eventually released and then acquitted, Call for a new procedure.
German Green MEPs had assured that the prosecution was political.
– ‘Electoral slap’
Angela Merkel, a candidate for a fourth term following the 24 September parliamentary elections, returned on Sunday on a controversy over the Turkish president’s remarks about the election.
Mr Erdogan has called on his fellow German nationals not to vote for the Merkel CDU or the Social Democrats (SPD) or the Greens of Turkey’s “enemy” parties in recent days. him.
On Sunday, he reiterated his appeal. “Be with those who are benevolent towards Turkey, it does not matter if they are small parties, give them your voice and they will gain in importance,” he said in a speech in Istanbul.
“In my opinion, those who attack Turkey in this way deserve a slap in these elections,” Erdogan said, without specifying which parties he was calling to vote.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that the Turkish president urges Turkish citizens of Turkish origin not to vote for one of these three parties,” Chancellor Chirac said, adding that she had already denounced Erdogan’s “interference”.
The Turkish community in Germany, with three million members, is the largest in the world outside the borders of Turkey and nearly 1.2 million Turks also have German nationality, enabling them to vote in the next elections .
In the past, the Germans of Turkish origin rather voted on the left, mostly for the SPD. But Recep Tayyip Erdogan is very popular in the Turkish diaspora in Germany, which voted 59% for his party in the November 2015 legislative elections.