The German government has asked Spain not to extradite the Turkish-German writer Dogan Akhanli, who was arrested on Saturday in Grenada under a search and arrest warrant for his subsequent extradition by Interpol, at the request of Turkey, for “membership of an armed band and terrorist “.
The Spanish police have yet to reveal any reason for the arrest.
A German citizen, Akhanli is committed to memorializing the genocides of the twentieth century, including the Armenian Genocide, and to promoting cross-cultural dialogue with a view to reconciliation.
After the 1980 coup d’etat, Akhanli went into hiding and was a political prisoner in a Turkish military jail between 1985 and 1987. He fled Turkey in 1991 and settled in Germany.
In August 2010, he returned to Turkey to visit his dying father, but was arrested at the airport and thrown into prison for four months. Thanks to a campaign in his defense, organized by civil rights activists and Turkish and German intellectuals, he managed to leave Turkey and return to Germany http://panarmenian.net/m/eng/news/245724
A prosecutor in Sweden is currently examining whether Erdoğan, as well as Turkey’s prime minister Binali Yildirim, should be charged with various crimes..”
”This follows a damning report in March by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; a report that claims that, over an 18-month period until December 2016, an estimated 1,200 local residents in Kurdish communities lost their lives as a result of aggression by the Turkish state”.
”This continues today, with current estimates showing around: 57,000 people arrested, 123,00 people jailed, 145,000 people sacked from their jobs, 4,400 judges and prosecutors dismissed, and 150 media outlets shut down. Mass trials are currently underway. Erdogan’s links with Daesh (ISIS) And then there have also been numerous allegations of collusion between Turkey and Daesh (ISIS). For example, there is substantial evidence [pdf] that suggests Turkey has previously provided military supplies to Daesh. Further evidence [pdf] ”
Akhanli has lived in Germany since he fled Turkey in 1991 and has only German citizenship. The writer fled to Germany in the early 1990s after spending two years in prison for resisting the Turkish military government.
He is considered an enemy of Turkey by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, largely because of his work for human rights and for calling genocide the killing of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago, Der Spiegel .
Now the German Embassy has asked the Spanish Government to halt the extradition process, at the request of German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. The request has been accompanied by an offer of consular assistance to the writer.
Turkish army kills with ‘Made In Spain’ armaments
Lucrative Spanish exports to Dictator Increasing
Spanish exports to Turkey were over 5000 M euros in 2016, arms sales were 85 M euros with a big new cyber deal .. Spain is a big importer from Turkey of cheap goods produced with semi slave and sometimes refugee labour.
Spanish companies like Indra, based in Barcelona, obtain lucrative contracts for the export of military technology in Turkey, despite the human rights violations committed in that country
translated from research by GUILLE LARIOS at La Directa
It was in 2006 when the president of the Spanish government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and the then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan co-sponsored an initiative of preventive diplomacy aimed at reducing tensions between the West and the Islamic world and fighting against international terrorism for others Roads that were not the military………
Spanish Cyberarmament in Turkey
”Indra Sistemas, the Spanish giant specializing in electronics and security and defense technologies, operates in an impressive glass building located in the 22 @ Barcelona technology district. For years Indra has important businesses in Turkey – many of them for military purposes – and already has two subsidiaries in the country.
High positions in this company were Josep Pujol Ferrusola or the current director of the subsidiary in Catalonia, Manuel Brufau, brother of Antoni Brufau, president of Repsol, a company with significant shareholder bonds with La Caixa.
In March 2016, Indra awarded a contract of 38.5 million euros to renew and expand the Turkish airspace surveillance network. Indra also won the competition organized by the Turkish Ministry of Defense for the provision of a mobile laboratory prepared to carry out an analytical identification of nuclear-radiological, biological and chemical threats. And it was erected as a contractor for the construction of two Turkish pilot training centers in Ankara and Istanbul through the hyper-flight simulators of the military helicopters SeaHawk and BlackHawk.
In the Peninsula, the company controls 80% of the Spanish Missile Society, a company that was run by former Minister Pedro Morenés until 2011. “Indra’s sales volume has grown exponentially……..”
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President Erdogan has censored or closed the media, jailed journalists for speaking truth, prosecuted hundreds for ”insulting” him and continues a genocidal war against the Kurdish minority.. while being courted and paid billions by the EU!