Teen accused of abuse can return to Germany

29th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 June 2007, ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ A German teenager accused of sexual abuse could be returned to Germany to serve time if found guilty by Turkish courts, a news agency reported Wednesday, citing Justice Ministry officials.

29 June 2007

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ A German teenager accused of sexual abuse could be returned to Germany to serve time if found guilty by Turkish courts, a news agency reported Wednesday, citing Justice Ministry officials.

Ministry officials said the 17-year-old German boy, who has been in Turkish custody since April, could be extradited to serve a possible prison sentence in Germany, the Anatolia news agency reported. The agency did not identify the officials, or disclose their position in the ministry.

The boy was arrested April 11 after a 13-year-old British girl's mother complained that the two had become sexually involved while vacationing in Turkey.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier appealed to Turkish authorities Tuesday to return the boy to Germany.

The Anatolia report said not only the boy's consent but also approval from both Turkish and German authorities were needed for extradition.

In an interview from jail, the boy told Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper he met the girl at a disco and had sexual relations without intercourse.

Marco W. said the girl told him she was 15, according to the newspaper.

"I was shocked when police told me she was 13," he was reported saying. "If I had known that she was 13, we would not have come to this point."

AP

Subject: German news

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