The arrested in Turkey since March Patrick K. (29) from Gießen must remain in custody. At the trial in the city of Sirnak in southern Turkey, the judge ruled that the allegations were too heavy for a release.
That’s what his lawyer Hüseyin Bilgi told the German Press Agency. The young man had been detained in the Turkish-Syrian border area according to reports by the state news agency Anadolu. The prosecution accuses him membership in the active in Syria Kurdish militia YPG, which counts as a terrorist organization in Turkey, as well as the “entering a military exclusion zone”. On both together up to 20 years imprisonment. According to his family K. was walking in Turkey.
“We have also made some demands to the court,” said lawyer Bilgi. Among other things, some persons mentioned in the indictment would need to be examined more closely. The next court hearing, according to lawyer scheduled for October 26. That is comparatively fast.
Patrick K. had been connected by video connection in the hall. He is imprisoned in the eastern Turkish province of Elazig. The court in the southeast, where K. was also seized, is several hundred kilometers away. Whether someone from the German embassy took part in the process was initially unclear.
His mother Claudia S. was after the decision “not very good”. For financial reasons she could not travel to Turkey herself, she told the German Press Agency. Most recently, she phoned Patrick on Monday. Her son was “very nervous”. He just wanted to go home. She herself was “very annoyed nervously”.
Last year, a series of arrests of German citizens led to a serious crisis between Berlin and Ankara. With the release from custody and departure of the most prominent cases – including the “world” reporter Deniz Yücel and the human rights activist Peter Steudtner – relations had relaxed slightly at the beginning of the year.
During a state visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Germany at the end of September, both Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier demanded a quick solution to the remaining cases.
According to official figures, five Germans remain in detention for “political reasons”. The dpa known by name are six cases.
The most recent case is that of Hüseyin M. (in his early 40s) from Braunschweig, who was arrested at the end of August on charges of presidential insult. In an interview with the “Braunschweiger Zeitung” (Saturday edition), his brother Deniz M. speaks of absurd allegations. “I read the indictment in Turkish. He never offended Erdogan. You do not do that. We have all seen how the Turkish state has reacted in recent years, how it has acted against dissenters and critics. “
Also on the list is Dennis E. (55) from Hamburg, who is in custody for alleged terrorist propaganda. Hozan Cane (middle 40) from Cologne has been in custody since the end of June because of alleged membership in the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK. In turn, Adil Demirci (beginning 30) from Cologne is accused of membership in the left-wing Marxist-Leninist Communist Party, which is considered a terrorist organization in Turkey.
The most dramatic case is that of 73-year-old Enver Altayli, who has spent more than a year in solitary confinement without charge. He is accused, inter alia, support of the Gülen movement, which is classified in Turkey as a terrorist organization. His family says he has serious health problems.