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Turkey denounces Cologne-based writer Dogan Akhanli

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 | World News

The Turkish-born Cologne writer Dogan Akhanli has been arrested in Turkey at the instigation of Turkey. The Federal Foreign Office wants to prevent extradition. Akhanli has lived in Germany since his escape from Turkey in 1991 and has exclusively German citizenship.

What he was accused of was not clear at first. His lawyer Ilias Uyar told the news agency dpa that the arrest application had come from Turkey. This was confirmed by the Spanish police. The writer will soon be broadcasting to the judicial authorities, a Spanish spokesman said.

In his works the writer born in 1957 also deals with the persecution of the Armenians in Turkey. He was arrested after the military coup as a member of the Communist TDKP in 1984. From 1985 to 1987 he was in a military prison in Istanbul.

  Uyar, a lawyer, told the Cologne "Stadt-Anzeiger" that the Spanish police had presented an urgent note from Interpol police officers. Akhanli was therefore arrested on Saturday morning on holiday in Granada in his home. According to the "Spiegel" security circles the arrest as a renewed Affront of Turkey against Germany.

The Foreign Office asked the Spanish government not to surrender Akhanli to Turkey. This request was handed over to the Spanish government "high" by the German Embassy, ​​it said from the office. In addition, Germany had asked to be involved in a possible extradition procedure for Akhanli.

 SPD chancellor candidate: "Not like that!"
In Germany the arrest of the arrest broke out. It is already a scandal if the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey innocent human rights activists and journalists arrested, said SPD chancellor candidate Martin Schulz. "If he is trying to do this outside the territory of Turkey, we as Europeans have to stand resolutely against him and say:" Not so! "

Green Party chief Cem Özdemir called for a re-evaluation of EU police cooperation with Turkey. "Opponents of the Turkish regime are not allowed to be arrested as criminals in Europe," he told Tagesspiegel. "How far do we want Erdogan to come in Europe?" Asked Katja Kipping.

The PEN authors regard the trial against Akhanli as "clearly politically motivated". PEN vice-president Sascha Feuchert, many politicians and the Verdi service union asked the Spanish authorities not to hand over the authors to Turkey and to immediately release them.

Writers are accused of robbery and manslaughter
Akhanli was arrested at an airport in Istanbul in 2010 when he wanted to enter Turkey to visit his terminally ill father. He was accused of having been involved in a robbery in Istanbul in 1989. He stayed under investigation until the judge decided on the first day that Akhanli was to leave the prison. A few days later he returned to Germany. In 2011 he was released in the absence of a court in Turkey from the accusation of robbery and manslaughter, but the acquittal was lifted again.

According to Akhanli's lawyer, a so-called Red Notice on the writer was available at Interpol. This allows a country to request a person to be searched for and arrest for the time being. It is not a search request in the name of Interpol itself and not an international arrest warrant. According to Interpol, the countries themselves decide how to deal with a Red Notice.

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