No: 328, 18 December 2020, Press Release Regarding The Arrest Of The Secretary At The Turkish Consulate General In Rhodes On Allegation Of Espionage

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 18.12.2020

We condemn the arrest of Sebahattin Bayram, the Secretary at the Turkish Consulate General in Rhodes, as part of an investigation carried out by the Greek authorities on allegations of espionage regarding taking photographs of vessels.

In the process leading to the arrest of our staff, who is a Greek citizen, Greece has violated the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as well as the right to freedom and security, and the right to respect for private and family life in the European Convention on Human Rights.

We are also alarmed by the publications of the Greek media regarding the incident, as they violate the presumption of innocence, and target our staff and his family, as well as our missions in Greece and their employees.

The necessary demarches were made to the Greek authorities about the investigation which is believed to be constructed by certain circles willing to increase tensions in relations with Turkey. We will take steps towards protecting the rights of our staff.

Atatürk

Ali Emre Özen Consul General
Sunday - Thursday

09.00 - 15.00

Application Hours: 10.00-13.00 Emergency phone number: +20 109 944 07 00
1/1/2021 New Year
1/7/2021 Coptic Christmas Day
1/25/2021 Revolution/Police Day January 25
4/25/2021 Sinai Liberation Day
5/1/2021 Labor Day
5/3/2021 Sham El Nessim Festival
5/13/2021 5/15/2021 Feast of Ramadan
7/20/2021 7/23/2021 Feast of Sacrifice
7/23/2021 Revolution Day July 23
8/9/2021 Hejri New Year
10/6/2021 Armed Forces Day
10/18/2021 Prophet Mohamed's Birthday
10/29/2021 Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey