German Chancellor Merkel says ''it was not right'' that Turkey used an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German-Turkish writer. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a dual national German-Turkish writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday (August 20) that it amounted to abuse of the international police agency. Dogan Akhanli was stopped in Spain on Saturday (August 19) after Ankara issued a "red notice". The writer was released on Sunday but must remain in Madrid while Spain assesses Turkey's extradition request. Relations between Turkey and the European Union have been under growing strain since last year's failed military coup in Turkey. European-Turkish nationals are among the 50,000 people detained since then in what critics condemn as an indiscriminate crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Merkel has been more muted in her criticism of Erdogan than other German politicians, with critics charging her with being beholden to him because of Turkey's role as a buffer against a renewed flood of Syrian war refugees arriving in Europe. Interpol did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Merkel's remarks.