Turkish diplomat denies allegations of blacklisting of Danish citizens

Melih Bora Kerimoglu, the Turkish charge d’affaires in Denmark, was summoned to the Danish Foreign Affairs Ministry on Monday and denied the “blacklisting” of Danish citizens of Turkish origin critical of Ankara.

According to Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, Kerimoglu was asked to clarify the situation regarding threats of criminal prosecution against people critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kerimoglu gave guarantees to his Danish counterparts that citizens would not have any problems on their entry into Turkey.

Many Danish citizens, including Ozlem Sara Cekic, former lawmaker for the Socialist People’s Party (SF) and Lars Aslan Rasmussen, a current member of parliament for the Social Democrats, received messages saying their names had been reported to the Turkish Embassy in Denmark and that they would be arrested the next time they entered Turkey, Danish newspaper Berlingske reported.

The Foreign Policy Directorate of the Danish Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that the reports about informers handing lists of Danish citizens critical of the Turkish government to the Turkish Embassy in Denmark were “disturbing”.

Commenting on the meeting the directorate said the Turkish charge d’affaires was reminded that informers who report Danish citizens are committing a crime and that the collection of such information by Turkish authorities will not be tolerated.

Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen on Monday had called the reporting of citizens, “unacceptable.”