After the German authorities decision to deport Kurdish asylum seeker Heybet Şener, who is facing an arrest warrant and prison sentence in Turkey, Şener started a hunger strike in Munich airport.
“I will resist Germany’s unlawful decision”, Şener told Yeni Ozgur Politika.
Heybet Şener who has been an asylum seeker in Germany since 2018, had visited the Foreigners’ Registration Office on 2 February to extend his residence permit; but instead he was forcibly taken into custody.
He is now at a very high risk of being arrested and jailed if he is sent to Turkey.
He could be kept in prison for decades
Şener is from the Kurdish populated Muş province of eastern Turkey. He was sentenced to 8 years and 5 months in prison for “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation” in the case filed against him due to his participation in the Kobane protests in 2014. After being imprisoned for a while, he was also charged with insulting the President and damaging public property. Şener has been sought on a red notice by Turkey.
However, despite all this, the German court rejected Şener’s asylum application and have decided to deport him.
His lawyer strongly objected to the decision for deportation.
Şener was then sent to Munich Airport for deportation where he has now began a hunger strike, 3 February, against the deportation decision.
He could be forcibly deported at anytime.
“I am worried about what will happen to me in Turkey. I want this injustice to end. I believe no asylum seeker deserves this practice. Germany is trying to deport me illegally. Germany reveals its hostility against Kurds. I had to leave my country due to injustice, inequality, oppression, and I face the same here in Germany” he said.