Denmark puzzled by Turkey’s release of shooting suspect

A delegation of high-ranking Danish officials visited Ankara on Friday to investigate reports. AA Photo

Turkey has admitted that it has released a suspect wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a right-wing writer and critic of Islam in Copenhagen in 2013, but it has failed to explain why, Danish Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen has said…

“I find the release of this person incomprehensible,” Frederiksen said, adding that the results of the visit to the Turkish capital would be discussed by the Danish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Oct. 16.

The alleged assassination attempt on Hedegaard failed when the assailant’s gun jammed.

Danish media had previously reported that the suspect, who Denmark wanted to be extradited, was used as part of a prisoner swap conducted in exchange for the release of 46 Turkish hostages held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq…

Turkish officials have not commented on the case.

They must pretty stupid to be “puzzled.” It is blatantly clear: Turkey’s Islamist government sympathizes with the (former) prisoner and regards Hedegaard as the real criminal.

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