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Turkey starts detailed questioning for German diplomats

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Turkey has started to investigate Germany citizens who would like to exit or enter Turkey with a diplomatic passport intensively at Istanbul’s largest international airport.

Following the scandalous treatment against Turkish Deputy Parliament Speaker Ayşenur Bahçekapılı in a German airport, Turkey introduced detailed examination and questioning of German diplomatic passport holders in airports.

Starting from 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the airport police started questionings for German diplomatic passport holders exceeding one hour upon directions from foreign affairs and interior ministries.

AFTER HAVING HER PURSE CONTAINING ALL OF HER IDENTITY CARDS

After having her purse containing all of her identity cards and passport stolen in a visit to German city of Cologne, Bahçekapılı was kept waiting in a German airport for hours, despite obtaining a temporary diplomatic passport from the Turkish consulate in Cologne. When she objected, she was also threatened with detention if she do not remain calm.

THE INCIDENT WAS HEAVILY CRITICIZED BY TURKISH POLITICANS 

The incident was heavily criticized by Turkish politicians from all parties, while the German ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for explanation and deliver Turkey’s protest

Source: Sabah

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