Lo­cal man per­plexed over Aus­trian fine

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

MUHARREM Şengül, a res­i­dent of the Black Sea prov­ince of Samsun, was baf­fled when he re­ceived a 350-euro fine for a traf­fic rules vi­o­la­tion in Aus­tria - with­out ever hav­ing set foot in the coun­try.

The 48-year-old Turkish-Ge­or­gian dual cit­i­zen said that the last time he was abroad was back in 2014. “At first I thought it was a check. I saw the let­ter in Ger­man and I saw the word 350 euros, I thought some­one has sent me some money. But when my Ger­manspeak­ing friend read it to me, we found out it was a no­tice.”

Şengül said that he has never been to Aus­tria and was now fright­ened to go there. “The let­ter says I was do­ing 122 kph in a 70 kph zone, in a car I do not own.”

He added that Turkish of­fi­cials have ad­vised him to pay the fine or face ar­rest “if I go to any Eu­ro­pean coun­try.”

He said that the fine amounted to more than TL 2,000, a con­sid­er­able sum. “Some­times we see this kind of news on TV - a man from Ankara was fined in Gaziantep, even though he has never been there. But I think I am the first per­son to face traf­fic fines in a coun­try that I have never been to,” said Şengül.

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