Ministry denies blocking lawyer’s access to Turkish commandos; notes they are ‘not her clients’

The lawyer Stavroula Tomara has not been retained to represent the two Turkish special forces men that sought asylum in Greece last month, the Greek citizen protection ministry said in an announcement on Thursday.

“Stavroula Tomara’s professional or other interest in publicly promoting herself as the defender of the two Turkish soldiers that entered Greece in mid-February is clear. She has no right, however, to falsely reproach the citizen protection ministry for obstructing her legal vocation or to cultivate myths. Even more so when it can be proved in writing that she does not represent the two alleged clients, as she claims,” the ministry announcement said.

The ministry was responding to a formal extrajudicial notice that Tomara sent to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday, in which she claimed that police were failing to brief her about her clients.