Turkey’s extradition demand, Germany’s İncirlik reaction – Hakkı Öcal

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Our German friends should know by now, from the millions of Turks whom they have been living together for decades, that any passionate behavior raises the Turkish people’s eyebrows. And it should. Germany’s friendship and strong ties as an ally to Turkey has been the subject of envy for many other countries for years.

Now this country plans to spend much money to relocate the air force it committed to the anti-Daesh coalition somewhere else because Turkey would not allow pro-PKK German deputies to visit those forces.

Faced with this illogical (hence passionate) act, not only Turks, but also (I am confident) many Germans will raise their eyebrows. And not just eyebrows, but many voices will also be raised in the German parliament. Last May, there was a heated debate in the Bundestag on the issue of leaving İncirlik Air Base because Turkey would not welcome some of its members in the country.

Now Turkey rightfully asks for reconsideration of more than 4,000 applications of those who fled to Germany after the failed coup on July 15 last year. Germany cannot reject those applications in total because it is a constitutional state; but it cannot accept them in their entirety either.

Turkey is a constitutional state too, and its court and public prosecutors issue arrest warrants while observing due process rights that are owed to people even if they were caught red handed driving military tanks into people on the sidewalk or firing on them point blank on the Bosporus Bridge. It is the public perception in Turkey that German authorities did not even take the time to read those extradition requests.

All Turkey asked was that German authorities pay attention to the due process rights of the Turkish nation that has been subjected to the worst a people can be subjected to.

Oh, you don’t believe that there was a coup attempt in Turkey. Is that it? We know since its inception that some German governmental and non-governmental institutions support the right of the PKK uprising, assuming that it is fighting for the civil rights of the Kurdish people. We know that the PKK had German weapons and Germany-provided logistic support for a long-long time. We have listened to many lectures from German human right activists that not supporting the PKK would be detrimental to Turkish democracy.

This crooked logic turned Germany into a terrorist recruitment camp of the PKK. Germany’s own intelligence reports show that the PKK terrorists’ racketeering in the country for terrorism finances led to the deaths and misery of many Kurdish people in Turkey and Iraq. The PKK is just a terror organization; it is not fighting for the rights and welfare of the Kurdish people.

In short, Germany prefers to undertake a huge financial burden to relocate its air forces from the İncirlik base to somewhere else so that it doesn’t face the possibility of extraditing those involved in the July 15 coup. But it looks like Germany does not like the possibility of those confessing German involvement in the coup attempt itself.

As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating: Germany ought to reconsider Turkey’s extradition dossiers and see if some of the suspects really do need to be sent back to Turkey. Then Turkey may reconsider the value of friendship and alliance with Germans.



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