Controversy over alleged abduction of Turkish activist from Athens

June 4, 2013

A really strange case has popped up in Athens, not immediately related to the demonstrations in Turkey but it could add to the tension: A Turkish activist, Bulut Yayla, was reportedly abducted from Solonos Street in Exarchia on Thursday 30 May 2013 and two days later he was traced in Istanbul’s antiterrorism department, where he was being held for questioning. There have been claims that a police vehicle was used in the abduction, but the police stated that they had no knowledge whatsoever of the incident and that Yayla had not applied for political asylum, adding that there are no police records documenting his presence in the country. However Yayla reportedly arrived in Greece two months ago and was in the process of applying for asylum. A written request to apply for asylum was submitted to the authorities three weeks ago but hasnt been processed yet, state-run AMNA news agency reported on Sunday. The police statement came in response to accusations by main opposition party Syriza speaking of an “unprecedented, gangster-style abduction and extradition of a Turkish political refugee” .

via Syriza in row with police over alleged abduction of Turkish activist | Article Page | Home.


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