Pres­i­dent slams Ger­many for wa­ver­ing on ex­tra­di­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

IS­TAN­BUL (AP): TUR­KEY’S PRES­I­DENT harshly crit­i­cised Ger­many yes­ter­day, ac­cus­ing the coun­try of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism and slam­ming com­ments by the Ger­man jus­tice min­is­ter sug­gest­ing Berlin may not ex­tra­dite sus­pects wanted by Tur­key in cases it con­sid­ers po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan at­tacked com­ments by Ger­man Jus­tice Min­is­ter Heiko Maas, who said on Tues­day that Berlin could refuse to ex­tra­dite cases re­lated to the “so­called [post-coup] cleans­ing that is tak­ing place”.

Maas was re­fer­ring to the mass ar­rests, fir­ings of civil ser­vants and news out­let clo­sures that have ac­com­pa­nied Tur­key’s clam­p­down on the move­ment led by US-based Mus­lim cleric Fethul­lah Gulen. Tur­key ac­cuses Gulen of mas­ter­mind­ing a failed coup in July that left over 270 peo­ple dead. Gulen has de­nied plan­ning the coup at­tempt.

Specif­i­cally slam­ming Ger­many’s hes­i­ta­tion to re­turn pros­e­cu­tors sus­pected of be­ing mem­bers of the Gulen move­ment, Er­do­gan ac­cused Ger­many of hav­ing “be­come a shel­ter” for ter­ror­ists and for hav­ing no re­gard for other coun­tries’ national se­cu­rity sen­si­tiv­i­ties.

“We have no ex­pec­ta­tions from you, but you will for­ever go down in his­tory for sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism,” he added.

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