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Turkey won’t ask US for permission to detain suspects, PM Yıldırım says


Turkey will not ask for permission from the U.S. to detain or prosecute suspects, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Tuesday, as he criticized the NATO ally for suspending visa applications over the detention of a terrorist suspect. peaking at his party’s weekly parliamentary group meeting, Yıldırım said that the U.S.’s attitude regarding the detention of a consulate staff for alleged links to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), contradicts the spirit of alliance. “There is rule of law in Turkey and if someone from the U.S. diplomatic mission commits a crime he/she will not have any privileges [to avoid prosecution]” Yıldırım said, adding that U.S. authorities never asked for Turkey’s permission when they detained a state-owned bank’s deputy general manager. Yıldırım was referring to the arrest of Deputy General Manager of International Banking at Halkbank Mehmet Hakan Atilla by the U.S.. “The issue needs to be immediately resolved” the prime minister said, adding that Turkey is open to all channels of communication with all countries.

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