BERLIN Germany released a second investigation on Tuesday into suspected spying by Turkey, a single component of a rising rift involving the powerful NATO allies.
“We have released an investigation from an unnamed entity on suspicion of espionage,” a spokesman for the Federal Prosecutor’s Business office (GBA) said.
He declined to comment on German media stories that the entity was the Turkish Intelligence Agency (MIT) and that it suspected of spying on supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of arranging a unsuccessful coup very last July.
A GBA spokeswoman said the investigation was individual from an investigation released before this yr into attainable spying by clerics sent to Germany by the Turkish federal government.
She said: “This is a new investigation that was started today. Both equally conditions contain suspected espionage involving Turkey, but at this moment there is no typical substance to the two probes.”
There was no speedy reaction from Turkish officials.
The announcement arrived hrs just after Inside Minster Thomas de Maiziere said Germany would not tolerate overseas espionage on its territory, responding to the stories that the MIT was spying on supporters of Gulen in Germany.
German police very last thirty day period raided the residences of 4 imams suspected of spying for the Turkish federal government on supporters of the Gulen movement.
Germany and other western European countries have angered Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan by proscribing or banning rallies to encourage a referendum that would grant him sweeping new powers.
Erdogan accused Germany of utilizing “Nazi” techniques, something the new German president very last week said threatened Turkey’s overseas relations and every thing the country had attained in the latest years.
(Reporting by Hans-Edzard Busemann and Andrea Shalal in Berlin, and Humeyra Pamuk in Istanbul Crafting by Joseph Nasr Modifying by Robin Pomeroy)