Turkish justice minister cancels Germany visit after address not allowed

Mr Bozdag has already cancelled his planned visit to Germany, where he had been also due to meet his German counterpart.

"I have called off our meeting with Germany's justice minister, after the cancellation of the gathering in Gaggenau".

Gaggenau Mayor Michael Pfeiffer was quoted as saying by the German media that the decision had no political motivation.

"It is unacceptable that German authorities, who constantly lecture us about human rights, democracy, rule of law, free speech do not tolerate a meeting organized by the Turkish community", said Bozdag.

Authorities in Gaggenau, according to Deutsche Well, cancelled the event stating that the hall where the event was set to take place was too small.

Deniz Yucel, 43, a correspondent of the German newspaper Die Welt, has been held since February 18 in connection with news reports on an attack by hackers against the email account of Turkey's energy minister.

Yucel, 43, who was detained in Istanbul on February 14 over his reports in German daily Welt about a hacker attack on the email account of Turkey's energy minister, wrote defiantly in Welt on Thursday that "even though they robbed my freedom, their interrogations and reasoning still make me laugh".

And Erdogan's government is keen to harness their votes for the April 16 referendum, which would discard the post of prime minister for the first time in Turkey's history.

"Our discomfort and our reaction to these developments have been communicated in person to the German ambassador who was summoned this evening to the (foreign) ministry", a senior Turkish official told Al Jazeera, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A number of Turkish politicians have added their voices to criticism of the measure taken by German authorities.

March 2 (ANI): Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing calls to ban Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, from entering Germany while a German journalist continues to be held in an Istanbul prison.

Many Turkish writers and journalists have been arrested in a widespread crackdown that followed a failed coup against Mr Erdogan in July 2016.

  • Leroy Wright