Former Turkish prosecutors Zekeriya Oz and Celal Kara who fled abroad last week were seen in Germany’s southern city of Ulm on Monday, spotted sitting in the lobby of a three-star hotel named “Intercity,” Turkish media reported.
Oz and Kara crossed into Armenia via Georgia on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for their arrest due to an alleged corruption probe they conducted to overthrow the Turkish government in late 2013.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Wednesday that the Turkish government will hunt down the fugitive Oz and Kara to bring them to justice.
“We see those [Oz and Kara] who are threatening us by forcing to flee abroad. They are fleeing to Armenia through Georgia. Who knows where they will flee to from Armenia. Now, as the Turkish state, we are tracking them. As you know, some of them were caught in Romania. They will absolutely be captured wherever they go and bring to justice,” Erdogan said.
Turkish media reported on Friday that Oz and Kara continued their abscond flight to Germany from Armenia.
Turkey will request for the extradition of Oz and Kara from Germany, Erdogan said on 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 is accused of being affiliated with the Gulen Movement led by the US based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen.
The movement is accused of forming an inner circle – publicly known as the “parallel state” – within government institutions such as the judiciary, police force and the bureaucracy and of attempting to overthrow the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) through a judicial plot liked to the investigations.