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Turkey slams Greece for acquitting DHKP-C terrorists

'The acquittal reveals why these terrorist elements are nested in Greece,' Foreign Ministry spokesman says

Faruk Zorlu   | 16.05.2019
Turkey slams Greece for acquitting DHKP-C terrorists File photo.

ANKARA 

Turkey on Wednesday criticized Greece for acquitting nine DHKP-C terrorists who were arrested in 2017.

In a written statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said: "The acquittal reveals why these terrorist elements are nested in Greece."

The terrorists were arrested by Greek police over suspicion of attempting to assassinate Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

This decision by the Greek court clearly is interrupting the efforts to combat terrorism in Europe, Aksoy added.

Turkey is worried that Greece has become a safe haven for terrorist organizations, he concluded.

The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C -- listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU -- is responsible for a number of terror attacks in Turkey, including a 2013 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara which martyred a Turkish security guard and the 1996 murder of businessman Ozdemir Sabanci.

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