A total of 262 Turkish diplomatic and military personnel have applied for political asylum in Germany, Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.

According to the report, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has not finalized any of the applications.

Citing a rise in the acceptance rate of applications from Turkey, the news magazine underlined that the BAMF has updated it practices concerning Turkey in line with new assessments from the German Foreign Ministry.

The ministry noted that there is explicit evidence that people believed to have links to the Gülen movement have been exposed to systematic investigations by Turkish authorities.

In February German authorities turned down calls from Turkey to reject asylum applications from 40 high-ranking Turkish officers, saying that the officers’ applications would be processed in no differently than other applications.

Last month German media reported that around 40 mostly high-ranking Turkish officers who worked at NATO facilities in Germany had requested asylum as they feared persecution in Turkey in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15.

Upon the release of news story, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık called on Germany to reject the asylum requests from the Turkish officers, warning that failure to do so could worsen relations between Germany and Turkey.

According to German media, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière rejected Turkey’s demand to turn down the asylum applications of the Turkish officers.

The coup attempt on July 15 killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

The movement denies any involvement.

(Turkish Minute)