Turkey denies links with alleged 'spies' in Germany

Three Turks detained recently in Germany are not linked with Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, the Turkish foreign ministry says.

Turkey denies links with alleged 'spies' in Germany
World Bulletin/News Desk 

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, or TIKA, denied having any ties with three Turks who were recently detained and accused of spying in Germany.

"TIKA does not have any offices in Germany at the moment," said a statement by the TIKA presidency Friday. "The presidency did not go beyond its working scope in any of the countries where it operates."

The statement also said allegations about spying activities are an act of "malicious intent against the Republic of Turkey."

"TIKA aims to provide peace and security in accordance with international agreements, OECD-DAC principles and the UN," the statement added.

The presidency also said that allegations that claim TIKA is trying to recruit intelligence personnel and organize the Syrian opposition are "delusional."

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier on Friday that the three Turks have no links with Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, the Presidency of Turks Abroad or any other related communities.

German officials informed the Turkish consulate and the case is being closely monitored, Cavusoglu added.

At a routine press conference in Berlin Friday, Tobias Plate, Germany's interior ministry spokesman, said he could not comment on the case because it is "an ongoing investigation."

Germany's justice ministry deputy spokesman also declined to comment. 

"The prosecutor's office is conducting an investigation," Piotr Malachowski said.

The federal prosecutor's office in Germany said Thursday they detained three Turkish men accused of alleged spying activities for Turkish intelligence services.

The written statement from the office said Muhammed Taha G, 58, and Goksel G, 33, were detained at Frankfurt Airport, while Ahmet Duran Y, 58, was arrested at his home in North Rhine-Westphalia.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Aralık 2014, 23:30