Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency handed his German counterparts a list of 300 individuals and 200 institutions in Germany, thought to be linked to the Gulen movement, at a Munich security conference last month, according to Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere has told media that the list that was given to the country’s foreign intelligence chief Bruno Kahl included information about various clubs, schools, and other institutions with alleged links to the movement, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt. Surveillance photos and personal data were also included, according to media.
The intended aim was to persuade German authorities to help their Turkish counterparts but implicated individuals were instead warned not to travel to Turkey or visit Turkish diplomatic missions within Germany.
“We have repeatedly told Turkey that something like this is unacceptable,” Maiziere was quoted as saying. “No matter what position someone may have on the Gulen movement, here German jurisdiction applies and citizens will not be spied on by foreign countries.”
Turkey has already detained 97,000 people and arrested nearly 50,000 over coup charges while it tries to go after opposition abroad.