Turkish deputy PM boasts of throwing out EU Rapporteur

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ has spoken about having European Parliament Turkey Rapporteur Kati Piri thrown out of the Justice Ministry during his time as minister there, pro-government news agency İhlas said.

He told a television programme that he had asked for Piri to be removed from the meeting room after having unsuccessfully requested her removal from a European Parliament delegation to Turkey, and that she had not been allowed to attend the meeting.

“When we talked, it was not clear if I was sitting with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) or Pennsylvania (the Gülen movement),” Bozdağ said. “So why should I talk to you?”

Bozdağ said that Piri included terrorist allegations in her reports but characterised the information provided by the Turkish government as untrustworthy.

“That is why it is not possible for this report to arouse any respect in Turkey,” he said. “You cannot reach true conclusions about Turkey with reports prepared by those who are against Turkey, who are enemies of Turkey, and who support terrorist organisations in order to weaken Turkey.”

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement, a religious sect whose leader lives in Pennsylvania in the United States, of having carried out a failed 2016 coup attempt.