By John Smith • 20 August 2017 • 10:36
AN outspoken writer, Turkish-German Dogan Akhanli was arrested yesterday in Granada at the request of the Turkish Government which has provoked irritation in Germany.
News of the arrest came from the German media although there is currently no knowledge on what grounds he has been arrested and the German foreign ministry has formally asked the Spanish government not to allow him to be extradited to Turkey.
So concerned is the German government about this seizure of the intellectual, who was stripped of his Turkish citizenship and now carries a German passport, that it has stated publicly that it wants representatives of its Embassy in Madrid to have access to and give advice to Mr Akhanli.
This is the second arrest in Spain this month of a journalist who has published critical articles about the Turkish regime and follows the detention of Turkish-Swedish writer Hamza Yalcin in Barcelona at the beginning of August.
In this case as well, the Swedish authorities have offered help to him and opposed extradition to Turkey.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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