Turkey demands red notice for fugitive ex-prosecutors

Turkey’s Bakirkoy chief prosecutor demands from Justice Ministry to issue red notice for former fugitive prosecutors Zekeriya Oz and Celal Kara allegedly located in Germany

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Fugitive prosecutor Zekeriya Oz seen in the image leaving the country.

Turkey’s Bakirkoy chief prosecutor has demanded from the Justice Ministry to issue a red notice for the fugitive former prosecutors Zekeriya Oz and Celal Kara after they have fled from Turkey to Germany.

Oz and Kara crossed into Armenia via Georgia last Tuesday after an arrest warrant was issued on them by the Bakirkoy prosecution with the charge of “establishing an organisation in order to commit crimes,” and “attemptıng to forcibly depose government of Republic of Turkey and prevent its duties to fullfill partly or completely.”  

They were spotted in Germany’s southern city of Ulm on Monday, sitting at the lobby of a three-star hotel named “Intercity.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated last Wednesday that Turkish government will hunt down the fugitive Oz and Kara in order to bring them to justice for their alleged crimes.

Turkey will request extradition of Oz and Kara from Germany, Erdogan also said last Friday.

“I believe there will most probably be a red notice issued for them [Oz and Kara]. If Germany does not extradite them, it can not demand the extradition of a criminal,” he added.

Oz and Kara have allegedly been affiliated with the Gulen Movement led by the US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen.

The governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) of Turkey claims the movement tried to take over the institutions of government by infiltrating the judiciary, security services, and other state agencies.

The movement is also accused of trying to overthrow the governing AK Party through the alleged judicial coup attempt on Dec. 17-25 over accusations of corruption.

The movement denies the allegations.

Oz and Kara played key roles in the alleged corruption probe.


TRTWorld and agencies