Erdoğan “has gone completely crazy” – Greek minister

Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos has questioned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s mental health over Turkey’s continued detention of two Greek soldiers caught last month after having strayed over the border, Greek newspaper Kathimerini said.

Erdoğan “has gone completely crazy”, Kammenos told a news conference outside the Greek parliament, and “you cannot answer to a madman”.

The soldiers could be sentenced to up to 15 years, he said, as in Turkey “nothing works democratically”.

Kammenos is the leader of right-wing party ANEL, the smaller partner in the governing coalition.

“If you watch Midnight Express, you will see that they kept on making up charges against him,” Kammenos added, with reference to a 1970s film about an American drug smuggler physically and mentally tortured in Turkish detention.

“Turkey has no courts while its justice system works under the orders of the sultan,” he said, referring to Erdoğan.

Greek opposition party Movement for Change criticised Kammenos for his words, saying they were not befitting a defence minister.