Danish politicians consider filing lawsuit against Turkey at European court

Dismayed by what they say is reticence on the part of Turkey to offer a satisfactory explanation for the release of a suspect believed to be involved in an attack on a Danish writer known for his strong anti-Islam stance, a number of Danish politicians are considering filing a lawsuit against Ankara at the European Court of Human Rights.

After months of diplomatic wrangling, Danish opposition lawmakers say Denmark has been denied a convincing explanation by Ankara, a disturbing matter that could put friendly relations between the two NATO allies into jeopardy.

On Wednesday, Denmark’s parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee summoned Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen and Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard to provide information regarding steps the Danish government is taking against Ankara’s silence.