262 Turkish officials seek asylum in Germany

Turkish GermanyBERLIN: More than 250 Turkish diplomats, government employees and their family members have filed for political asylum in Germany, Berlin said on Monday, amid a bitter row between the two Nato allies.

Germany’s interior ministry said 151 of the asylum applications came from Turks holding diplomatic passports while the other 111 were from people with passports issued to other government employees and their dependants.

The ministry did not specify how many of the requests came from Turkish military personnel stationed at Nato bases.

“The asylum applications will be treated on a case-by-case basis … and decided according to the law,” a ministry spokeswoman said during a regular press conference.

The wave of requests for safe haven follows last July’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a subsequent crackdown, which has seen more than 100,000 people arrested or dismissed from their posts over alleged links to the plotters or to Kurdish militants.

Berlin has emerged as a strident critic of Ankara’s crackdown, voicing concerns over civil liberties in the country. -AFP

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