Turkish diplomats and families seek asylum in Germany
Published 24/10/2016 | 12:11
Thirty-five Turkish diplomats and family members have applied for asylum in Germany since the failed military coup in the country.
The Turkish government has launched a massive crackdown on people suspected of sympathising with the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who it accuses of instigating the coup attempt in July.
German interior ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth declined to say how many of the 35 asylum seekers were diplomats and how many were family members, citing privacy rules.
He also said that since diplomatic status is not normally part of the asylum application the actual figure might be higher.
Germany has a large Turkish minority, numbering more than three million, due to decades of migration of labourers and Turks claiming persecution at home.