Swiss officials investigating Turk suspected of spying on compatriots

Swiss officials are investigating a Turk of Kurdish descent who is suspected of spying on compatriots in Switzerland for the Turkish government, Swiss info website reported on Saturday citing Tages-Anzeiger newspaper.

The Swiss Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against the person based on suspicions of the intelligence services, it said.

The suspect, a Turk of Kurdish descent who has been living as a refugee in Switzerland for years, has denounced a man for links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leading to his arrest in March, it added.

The PKK is an armed group, which has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey and is considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara.

Turkey has been accused of spy activities in numerous European countries following the July 2016 failed coup attempt.

Turkey’s intelligence agency snatched around 80 Turkish citizens wanted by Ankara for alleged links to the country’s 2016 failed putsch in covert operations in 18 countries as of April 2018.