Germany: Man who spied on Kurds for Turkish intelligence received 30,000 euros

German prosecutors have filed espionage charges against a Turkish national, identified as Mehmet Fatih Sayan, for spying on Kurdish expats at Turkey’s request.

Mehmet Fatih Sayan

Federal prosecutors said on Wednesday that 32-year-old Mehmet Fatih Sayan. had worked for Turkish intelligence since 2013 and was tasked to spy on Kurdish people in 2015.

Arrested in December 2016, Mehmet Fatih Sayan. received a total of 30,000 euros for his service, according to German prosecutors.

Tensions have risen between Turkey and Germany over espionage operations in the recent past.

According to an April report in the German daily Die Welt, a total of 20 Turkish citizens are facing an investigation on charges of spying on followers of the faith-based Gülen movement, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. The movement denies involvement. ( June 22, 2017

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