German-Turkish Writer Arrested in Spain on Ankara's Interpol Warrant

Lucy Bush
August 20, 2017

Gabriel accused Erdogan of interfering with German sovereignty, saying "I call on the people of Germany to stand against this", according to RND. Green party parliamentarian Volker Beck said the arrest warrant was Erdogan's attempt "to extend his power beyond the borders of his country to intimidate his critics and to pursue them all over the world".

Oksuz is accused by Turkey of being the main conduit between Gulen and the military officers who carrying out the attempted putsch, which led to more than 200 deaths.

On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also asked Berlin to investigate the media reports saying: "As the Foreign Ministry, we issued a diplomatic note to Germany".

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Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, who is also the official government spokesman, defended Erdogan's comments and said the reactions were "very disrespectful and very arrogant" and "beyond the bounds of decency".

Erdogan was infuriated by Berlin once again in the run-up to Turkey's April referendum, after German authorities barred Turkish politicians form addressing rallies of Turkish citizens living in Germany.

Turkey's presidential spokesman on Thursday said Ankara hoped the German authorities would investigate recent media reports claiming a key suspect from last year's defeated coup is living in the European Union country.

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"Germany supports the PKK", said Bozdag. Gulen, has however, denied the accusations.

The Turkish leader responded by calling German leaders "nazis" and "facists". Akhanli has lived in Germany since he fled Turkey in 1991, where he had been arrested for opposition activities. "You should vote for those who are not hostile to Turkey", he said. They soured further after Turkey arrested 10 human rights activists, including the director of Amnesty International and a German citizen, in July. Approximately one-third of the 3 million Turks living in Germany are eligible to vote in the September 24 elections.

The German section of the writers' associated PEN said charges against Akhanli centre on a crime committed while he wasn't in Turkey.

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