Diplomatic sources respond to Ankara’s complaint on arrest of Greek Muslim spies in Rhodes

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Greek diplomatic sources responded to the Turkish Foreign Minister regarding the issue of the conviction of Greek Muslim spies in Rhodes.

According to Greek diplomatic sources, “regarding yesterday’s announcement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, it is emphasised that the Greek judiciary is independent and no attempt can be accepted to turn an internal legal issue into an international issue.”

It is recalled that Greek diplomatic sources responded to the Turkish Foreign Ministry which claimed that the sentencing of the Greek Muslims was made from “baseless accusations” and “biased” decision of the Greek justice.

A 36-year-old secretary of the Turkish consulate in Rhodes was found guilty of espionage and sentenced to five years in prison.

The 53-year-old ship cook, co-accused, was also sentenced to four years in prison but suspended.

Both are Greek citizens coming from the Muslim Minority in Thrace.

“We condemn the sentencing of our contracted Secretary, who works at our Consulate General in Rhodes, to 5 years in prison on charges of so-called espionage,” the statement said, referring to “baseless allegations”.

They also claimed that articles in the Greek press put pressure on the justice system.

The announcement claimed that during the procedure in the Mixed Jury of the Rhodes Court, all the basic principles of law were violated and accused the court of a “biased attitude.”

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “for the protection of the rights of our staff, all necessary measures will be taken in the context of Greek and international law.”

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