Germany grants asylum to Turkish military personnel - media

Several Turkish soldiers and their families have been granted asylum in a preliminary decision, the German media reported.

According to numerous reports, the soldiers in question and their families are Turkish nationals with diplomatic passports who had previously been stationed at NATO facilities in Germany. The military employees had filed for asylum in Germany after facing persecution following the failed coup of July 15, 2016.

According to the German interior ministry a total of 414 asylum applications had been filed by Turkish soldiers, diplomats, judges and other government officials living in Germany. That number reportedly includes family members, Deutsche Welle reported.

There were no indications on how many of the initial applications exactly had been granted; nor was there any direct comment from the actual government authority in charge of processing asylum applications, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf).

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