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Choice cancellation: Erdogan, the United States sharply criticized

The Turkish President, Recep Tayip Erdogan has zurücgewiesen criticism from the West to the cancellation of the mayoral election in focus. "God willing, you will not bend to the will of our people to these threats, this language of pressure," said Erdogan on Saturday evening in a televised address.

With views of Washington, he added: "anyone Who has tried to overthrow the elected head of state of Venezuela, can not talk to us about democracy." The U.S. support in Venezuela, the self-appointed interim President, Juan Guaidó had previously warned that free and fair elections and the acceptance of legitimate election results are essential for a democracy.

Yücels allegations provide fuel

The allegations of torture of the journalist Deniz Yücel, meanwhile, new tensions between Turkey and Germany. The Ministry of foreign Affairs in Ankara rejected the statement of the "world"reporter that he had been tortured during his year-long detention time in Turkey, on Sunday sharply.

The competent public Prosecutor's office had investigated the allegations in the case, Yücel in the past and decided that the matter will not be pursued further, the outer amtsspr cher, Hami Aksoy. The reminder of the German Federal foreign office, to adhere to the Anti-torture Convention of the UN, he described as totally unfounded.

Yücel was imprisoned until February 2018 for a year without charge or indictment in Turkey. At the same time with his release from the high security prison in Silivri, near Istanbul, and the departure to Germany, the Prosecutor's indictment arose because of terrorist propaganda and incitement to hatred. On Friday Yücel had a say in the process before the district court of Berlin that he had been tortured in the first days of his detention, and he made Erdogan responsible for this.

In the written version of the statement of the Journalist of punches, kicks, humiliation and threats by law enforcement officials reported. The detention Yücels had burdened the German-Turkish relationship, at the time, difficult. The allegations offer a new explosive.

Berlin urges Turkey

The Foreign office warned the government in Ankara on Saturday to keep the Anti-torture Convention. "We condemn all forms of torture and ill-treatment, they are outside the Law," a spokeswoman said, without specifically to the statement Yücels.

she called on the Turkish government "strongly," to "adhere to the international Standards to which it committed itself". This also includes obligations of the Council of Europe for the prevention of torture including the UN Convention.

Turkey stressed that you follow carefully the principle of "zero tolerance to torture", under search all the allegations and the theme transparent. The subject of the accusations aimed to the Turkey bad.

attack on journalists

Meanwhile, after an attack on an opposition journalist in Ankara, six Suspects were arrested. They would be interrogated in the capital Ankara, reported to his newspaper - the nationalist-sheet "Yenicag" - on Sunday. The columnist Yavuz Selim demirağ had been attacked, therefore, on the Friday before his door-to-door in Ankara by several people with baseball bats. He had been treated since with injuries to the head and body in the hospital. The attack occurred after one of Demirag moderated television broadcast in which it was least to the cancellation of the mayoral election in Istanbul. The Background was indeed initially unclear.

The attacked Journalist Yavuz Selim demirağ. Image: AP

The opposition politicians Ekrem imamoğlu, the mayoral election in Istanbul on March 31. March won a close one. However, the High election Commission cancelled adversity with the vote less than a week ago because of alleged rule and ordered a repeat of the 23. June. The decision was internationally criticized. (red/sda)

Created: 12.05.2019, 16:24 PM

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