World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has condemned Greek authorities' decision to grant a two-day furlough to a far-left terrorist who is serving 11 life sentences in Greece for murder.
Dimitris Koufodinas was identified as a leader of the November 17 terror group in a major trial that followed his arrest.
In a written statement released Wednesday, Foreign Ministry said: "We strongly condemn the right granted to Koufodinas to use furlough for the third time, who had previously been granted furlough twice.
"This incident has strengthened our doubts about the functioning of the judicial system in Greece."
The statement recalled that Koufodinas is the perpetrator of assassinations against Turkish Press Attache Cetin Gorgu, who was killed in 1991, as well as Omer Haluk Sipahioglu, a counselor at the Turkish Embassy in Athens, who was gunned down in front of his home in 1994.
It also said the far-left terrorist was sentenced with multiple life sentence over the assassinations as well as due to the attacks carried out against Ambassador Deniz Bolukbasi, wife of the Turkish vice-consul, Nilgun Kececi, and driver Adil Yildirim were also wounded.
"Such tolerance to a bloody terrorist is a disrespect to the memory of our martyr diplomats and their families," added the statement and highlighted that granting a terrorist with such priveldges is "unacceptable".
The statement also called on Greek authorities to refrain from taking steps that would weaken its fight against terrorism and urged them to fulfill its obligations in punishing terrorists.
Substance called fubinaca used to produce the drug bonsai also seized
Acting head of Mediterranean Exporters' Association says Japanese market is important opportunity for Turkish food brands
Ankara prosecutors launch probe into Turkey's main opposition leader over sharing cartoon about President Erdogan
Gap between assets abroad and liabilities was minus $401B in May vs. minus $459.2B as of end of 2017, say official data
Air operations conducted in both Turkey's southeastern Siirt province and Hakurk region of northern Iraq
The newest Turkish aircraft should be completed by 2022, with the first test flight expected in 2023.
Turkey has been main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe
Deadly attack on Sunday in capital Kabul killed 7 people
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu calls on US to take action against Turkey’s coup plotters
Turkey's justice minister says state of emergency to be lifted in few days
Security forces carried out 1,950 counter-terrorism raids from July 9-16, says Interior Ministry
Unemployment rate in April records annual decline of 0.9 percentage points, according to TurkStat
Mustafa Ndiaye, a Senegalese student in Turkey, has embarked on a tour of the country to change the image of Africa in the minds of Turkish people.
July 15 martyrs commemorated in various ceremonies worldwide