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Foreign Minister Gabriel on the Peter Steudtner case

08.10.2017

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel commented as follows today (8 October) on the recent media reports from Turkey concerning the prison sentences for human rights activists for which the public prosecution office is calling:

I am greatly concerned by the reports on the charges brought by Turkey’s public prosecution office against Peter Steudtner and ten other human rights activists accusing them of “membership of an armed terrorist organisation”. Evidently, the public prosecution office is determined to pursue the allegations against Peter Steudtner, which the German Government cannot understand at all. We find the demand that he be sentenced to up to fifteen years imprisonment completely incomprehensible and unacceptable.

Naturally, we immediately contacted the Turkish Government about this matter, for in Turkey, as in any other country, it is a court and not the public prosecution office which ultimately makes such a decision. We will continue to do everything in our power to bring the German nationals detained in Turkey, including Peter Steudtner, home to Germany.

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