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Turkish consulate in Hamburg seizes Kurdish boxer’s passport

Turkish consulate in Hamburg seizes Kurdish boxer’s passport

Xeber24.net – Ahval

Turkey’s consulate in the German port of Hamburg seized Kurdish boxer Ismail Özen’s passport last week on the grounds that there was an arrest warrant for him in Turkey, the international champion said on Saturday on Twitter.

Özen, who won the German 76-kg championship in 2012, and who has been a sharp critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said he was visiting the consulate for paperwork on Feb. 6 when diplomatic staff refused to return his Turkish passport and informed him that they were acting on instructions from Ankara.

“On Feb. 6, 2019, my Turkish passport was confiscated at the Hamburg Consulate General of Turkey with the claim that ‘there was an arrest warrant for me in Turkey,'”

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