Turkish opposition politician briefly denied passport over ‘terrorism links’

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Felicity Party leader Temel Karamollaoglu (Turkish Presidency / Murat Cetinmuhurdar / Handout)

Temel Karamollaoğlu, the leader of the Turkish opposition Felicity Party (SP), has said that his request for a new passport was rejected by the authorities for a brief period of time last year, the T24 news website reported on Tuesday.

Speaking to Halk TV, Karamollaoğlu said the rejection took place when he visited the relevant authorities to apply for a new passport, who told him he was officially listed as being “affiliated with terrorism.”

He said the mistake was later corrected and that the terrorism accusation was removed from the registry.

“I don’t know who put it there or who removed it. I’m revealing it a year later, but it’s scandalous,” he said.

“The Interior Ministry was behind it. I don’t know if it was the minister himself who gave the instructions. Shame on you for connecting a political party leader to terrorism.”

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