40 Turkish soldiers request asylum in Germany

Around 40 Turkish NATO soldier personnel stationed at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany have requested asylum.

German Der Spiegel and public service broadcaster ARD reported on Saturday that around 40 Turkish soldiers have requested asylum in Germany. The mostly high-ranking soldiers were suspended from work in the NATO facilities in Germany after the failed coup attempt in Turkey.

Stephan Mayer of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) told Der Spiegel that Germany under no circumstances could send the soldiers back to Turkey since they would be jailed immediately.

The chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the German parliament, Norbert Röttgen of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the national counterpart of the Bavarian christian democrats, assured that the asylum procedures would follow regular application processes without being tainted by political views.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to visit Turkey next Thursday where 42,083 have been arrested for involvement in the coup attempt.