BERLIN — The Stockholm-based investigative reporting outlet Nordic Monitor reported that the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is collecting information through espionage and intelligence operations against Turkish citizens accused of opposing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The report also stated that the Ministry has fabricated terrorism-related investigations against those perceived as opponents of the current government.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara has opened an investigation into 14 Turkish citizens whose names were included on a list sent by Turkish diplomats in Germany.
The Turkish Ambassador to Germany, Ali Kemal Aydin, criticized Berlin several times for not arresting and extraditing Erdoğan’s political opponents. Many Turkish citizens have fled to Germany following arbitrary arrest, mistreatment, and torture in Turkey.
The Nordic Monitor previously revealed that Turkish intelligence had infiltrated refugee camps in Europe to spy on asylum seekers fleeing the country.