Crisis between turkey and the usa – furor over charges against peter steudtner

In the midst of the dispute with germany, turkey now also has a massive diplomatic crisis with the u.S.: the u.S. Government halted the issuance of visas to all diplomatic missions in turkey indefinitely. Reason was the arrest of a turkish employee of the US consulate general in istanbul.

The government in ankara responded by also suspending the issuance of visas to U.S. Citizens. The U.S. Embassy’s chief of staff was summoned to the ankara-based ministry of foreign affairs on monday, state news agency anadolu reported.

No relaxation is in sight in the dispute between ankara and berlin over imprisoned germans: the federal government reiterated its protest against the turkish judiciary’s indictment of german human rights activist peter steudtner. "The fact is that we have no reason whatsoever to even suspect that mr. Steudtner is guilty of any crime", said german federal minister sigmar gabriel in berlin on monday. "We in the federal government consider the release and free departure of mr. Steudtner to be appropriate."


People and dogs tortured – dementia sufferer not guilty

People and dogs tortured - dementia sufferer not guilty

Roland M. (53 years old, name changed by the editors) recognizes the face of jorg handler. But that the lawyer is his defender, he seems no longer to know. M. Suffers from high-grade dementia disorder. With a deadpan expression, in which one only sometimes thinks one can recognize a vague smile, he follows the reading of three so-called motions, which the second criminal division of the bamberg district court has been hearing since tuesday.

The content of the case is: completed and/or attempted cases of bodily harm, assault, insult, theft, damage to property as well as dangerous interference with traffic and unauthorized departure from the scene of an accident. In addition, to some extent as an inglorious crowning of his criminal career, two violations of the animal protection law.

No response

in november 2012, the veterinarians of the district office were alerted by neighbors to two emaciated sheepdogs on a bischberg property. During several visits by the veterinary surgeon, roland M. Not found; he did not respond to written requests to set up a feeding schedule and present the dogs to a veterinarian’s office. Only when roland M. On 14. January was arrested for other offenses, the authorities were able to take the animals into custody at the family’s request. And it was only at this point that it was discovered that the younger of the two ruden, eddy, who was about two years old, was wearing a spiked band around his neck that had not been visible until then.

Seven of the eight pairs of spikes pointing inwards were sharpened on the collar. The dog must have been tortured with it for weeks, because the spines had already grown into the skin. Both animals were so emaciated, according to the official veterinarian who was the first witness, that despite the thick winter coat, the ribs and the spinous processes of the spine were clearly visible. The older dog, estimated to be eleven years old, was suffering from severe constipation. Only thanks to the immediate treatment in the veterinary clinic both animals were saved. The dogs were placed with new owners and, according to the veterinarian, are in good hands.

Five or six tires broken

under roland M. But it wasn’t just animals that had to suffer, people did too: for months, neighbors kept finding nails and screws under and in their car tires, sometimes several times a week. One of the damaged had to have five or six tires repaired. Twice he had a flat tire during the trip. Only with a lot of luck the accidents went off without a hitch.


Bridge torn down, access road gone

Josef farm owner erna schmidt and her son nikolaus are pissed off. "We were informed by the municipality of weilersbach on 17. October simply tore away the bridge over which we drove for 60 years from the barn with our agricultural machines directly onto the forchheimer strabe. And it refuses to create a replacement for it. A scandal, sue the farm owners.

In the meantime, the two parties only communicate through their lawyers. Since july, a complaint by the farmers is pending at the administrative court of bayreuth. The lawsuit was rejected in the first instance. "For purely formal reasons", emphasizes lawyer helmut gebhardt, bamberg, who represents the weilersbach family in court.

Mayor gerhard amon sees the municipality in the right. The municipality had partially piped the stream and needed a compensation area for this and proposed the drainage ditch of the weilersbach stream along the forchheimer strabe for this purpose. For this reason, a water law procedure has been initiated.