BERLIN German authorities are investigating twenty Turkish citizens on suspicion of conducting espionage in Germany, a newspaper described on Thursday.
Die Welt mentioned it gained the information in an official authorities reaction to a problem about the difficulty submitted by Sevim Dagdelen, a German lawmaker with the tricky left celebration Die Linke.
Tensions are functioning superior concerning the two NATO allies forward of a referendum in Turkey subsequent month that proposes growing the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan. Berlin infuriated Ankara following cancelling many marketing campaign rallies by Turkish ministers in Germany, drawing accusations from Turkey of “Nazi” methods.
Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office environment (GBA) mentioned previous month it experienced launched a probe into suspected spying by Turkey.
German media mentioned at the time that the entity currently being investigated was the Turkish Intelligence Company (MIT) and that it was suspected of spying on supporters of U.S.-centered cleric Fethullah Gulen. Ankara accuses Gulen of arranging a unsuccessful coup previous July, a cost he denies.
“At the minute we are investigating a full of twenty suspects on suspicion of conducting mystery services agent routines on behalf of the Turkish authorities,” the German authorities wrote in its reply to the German lawmaker, Die Welt mentioned.
German police in February raided the flats of 4 imams suspected of spying on followers of Gulen on behalf of the Turkish authorities.
(Reporting by Joseph Nasr Editing by Andrew Bolton)