Germany launches investigation into Turkish police’s informant app
German officials have launched an investigation into whether the use of a Turkish police smart phone app which allows for Erdoğan-critical Turks to be denounced, constitutes espionage, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.
The investigation arrives amid reports of Turkish espionage targeting members of Germany’s large ethnic Turkish diaspora, which includes members of the Gülen movement, accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 2016 coup attempt.
Germany’s Federal Prosecutors Office has rolled up its sleeves following reports of the use of "The EGM Mobil’’ - whose abbreviation stands for “Emniyet Genel Müdürlügü,” the central authority of the Turkish police - an app reportedly targeting Turks critical of Ankara.
There are concerns that EGM Mobil, while made by the Turkish police to report all sorts of concerns, is facilitating a witch hunt and creating problems for Turkish nationals when travelling home, Deutsche Welle said.
Germany is home to the largest Turkish diaspora of some 3.5 million people. Over 15,000 Turks have sought asylum in the country following the crackdown in the aftermath of the July 2016 coup attempt.
Turkey in October delivered a list of 136 people it wants German authorities to extradite over suspected links to terrorist groups, a request which Berlin has thus far refused.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Wednesday said 452 extradition requests in total have been made for individuals linked to the Gülen network abroad, and 104 suspects have already been brought to Turkey.