Germany grants asylum to Turkish coup suspects – Der Spiegel

Turkish – German relations will face another “stress test” after Germany granted asylum to four Turkish military officers, including one suspected of playing a lead role in the 2016 coup attempt, the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reports.

Having been granted protection by the German government, it will not be possible to extradite the officers to Turkey.

One of the officers, identified in the story as Colonel İlhami P, was the Chief of Staff the Turkish Military Academy in Ankara at the time of the coup attempt. The academy was occupied by putschists on the night, and the colonel was later accused of being one of them.

In 2017 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offered the former German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, the release of the imprisoned German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel if Germany refused the officers’ asylum request, said Der Spiegel’s article.

The article also quotes İlhami P as expressing fears that Turkish intelligence could abduct him from the country.