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Turkish TRT staff briefly detained in Greece

Personnel released after over three hours of detention in Alexandroupolis

15.07.2018
Turkish TRT staff briefly detained in Greece

Komotini

By Mehmet Hatipoglu

KOMOTINI, Greece 

Turkish TV broadcaster TRT staff was briefly detained in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis late Saturday.

Cameraman Ufuk Karagul, reporter Fatih Sabuncu and transportation officer Metin Talu were taken in custody for doing test stream on the occasion of the second anniversary of Turkey's 2016 defeated coup.

The trio was released three and half hours later.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Sabuncu said they were detained without any reason and held in the police station without any interrogation.

"I worked in many countries, but I have not seen such a treatment in the countries you would call the worst of the world. I regret it," Sabuncu said.

Sabuncu said being exposed to such a treatment in a European country was shocking.

On July 15, Turkey will be marking the second anniversary of the defeated coup attempt which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

According to the Turkish government, the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

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