Turkey condemns arrest of consulate official in Greece

Turkey condemned on Friday the arrest of a Turkish consulate officer in Greece on spying allegations.

“We will take steps towards protecting the rights of our staff,” Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.  

Two suspects accused of spying on Greece, both reported as Greek citizens, were formally arrested by local authorities on Friday.

One of the detainees, a 35-year-old secretary at the Turkish consulate on the eastern Aegean island of Rhodes, has been accused of reporting information about Greek army forces on the Rhodes and Kastellorizo islands.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Greece had violated the provisions of the Vienna Convention on consular relations as well as the right to freedom and security under the European Convention on Human Rights.

“The necessary demarches were made to the Greek authorities about the investigation which is believed to be constructed by certain circles willing to increase tensions in relations with Turkey”, it said.

The Turkish consulate officer has already pleaded guilty to the charges, according to Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

The second detainee, aged 54, was employed as a cook on a passenger ferry connecting the islands of Rhodes and Kastellorizo and has been accused of photographing and reporting the position of Greek Navy ships.





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