Turkish authorities release six men detained while fishing between Chios and Turkish coast

Turkish authorities on Tuesday released the five Greek nationals and one Greek-American detained while fishing near the islet Paspargos, in waters between Chios and the Turkish coast, on board the vessel “Mia”.

The six men were taken to Cesme on the Turkish coast on Monday night and transferred to Izmir on Tuesday morning, where the Turkish coast guard asked to verify their identities after their craft allegedly entered Turkish territorial waters.

Based on the information available, the vessel belongs to a company owned by the Greek-American detainee while the Greek foreign ministry has been alerted to the incident and the Greek General Consulate in Izmir had stepped in to secure the release of the six men.

They were released at around 15:00 and will return to Cesme from Izmir and depart on their boat, heading back to Chios, after they go through the necessary customs and administrative processing.