Growing Number Of Turkish Military Officers Seek Asylum In The U.S.

Growing Number Of Turkish Military Officers Seek Asylum In The U.S.

More than two dozen ex-Turkish military officers are in the U.S. seeking asylum — afraid they’ll be jailed if they return home. They say they were falsely accused of taking part in a 2016 coup.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We have an update today to our story of a former Turkish naval officer. He fled his country with his wife and kids, saying he was wrongly accused of taking part in a coup. When he was on this program yesterday, we disguised his voice to protect his identity.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED TURKISH NAVAL OFFICER: (Through interpreter) At first, we didn’t believe that they would come for us. But one day, one of my supervisors called me and told me that we are suspending your job. I am not involved. I condemned a coup attempt.

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Tom Bowman