Erdogan urges German-Turks to punish mainstream parties

Oscar Cross
August 20, 2017

Akhanli's lawyer said that the detention was based on a criminal case, allegedly politically motivated, which was filed in Turkey.

Addressing Merkel as "Madam", Erdogan said the Turkish authorities had sent Germany dossiers on 4,500 suspects wanted for extradition to Germany on terror charges and received no answer.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on Saturday his call on ethnic Turks living in Germany to vote for those who are "not hostile to Turkey" in the upcoming elections to be held in September, Anadollu reported.

Germany responded with outrage to Erdogan's comments, calling it an "unprecedented act of interference".

"He does not know his place".

Mr Erdogan's ruling AK Party has also purged the armed forces, judiciary, police and education sector, sacking more than 140,000 people.

His remarks came amid war of words between Turkey and Germany over recent remarks by German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggesting Berlin would not pursue expansion of the deal. He has also courted controversy for calling a 6.2 magnitude quake that struck off the coasts of Greece and Turkey in June an "artificial" attack coordinated by "foreign powers".

Meanwhile, Turkey has accused Germany of protecting suspects who allegedly played a role in the failed coup attempt previous year as well as supporting US-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen who Turkey claims is responsible for the events. He accused Berlin of fighting with Turkey for domestic political reasons and pulling other European countries to its side.

Turkey has long accused Germany of being a safe haven for "terrorist" groups including the Fethullahist Terror Organisation (FETO), the country's pejorative name for the Gulenists, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Marxist-Leninist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C).

The group has almost 14,000 followers among the Kurdish immigrant population in Germany, according to the BfV domestic intelligence agency.

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