Α court on the island of Rhodes found guilty of espionage against Greece two men arrested last year. Both men are members of the Muslim minority in Thrace. One of them was working as secretary at the Turkish Consulate General in Rhodes and the other one as cook on a passenger ship on the Rhodes-Kastellorizo route.
The secretary was convicted to five years imprisonment and the cook to four years.
The cook had been accused of providing the secretary with information about the positions of Greek warships and the number of Greek soldiers traveling to and from the remote island of Kastellorizo with the ship he was working at.
The two were found not guilty of the charges of supporting enemy combat forces and of violating state secrets.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry immediately reacted to the conviction claiming in a statement: “All the principles of law, including international law and private international law, were breached”
“Even the right to defense was violated due to the procedural violations of the court. The prosecutor and the panel of judges acted with prejudice,” the statement added.
The ministry said that “all necessary steps in the Greek domestic law and international law will continue to be taken with a view to protecting the rights of our staff.”
According to media, Greek diplomatic sources commented on the Turkish statement saying that the Greek Justice is independent and no effort of intervening can be accepted.