A Greek police officer from the northeastern Greek region of Feres in Evros, which borders Turkey, was arrested along with a woman in the country on Monday.
Turkish police arrested the 41-year-old Greek police officer, who had gone on a trip to Istanbul, because they claim that he entered an area that was forbidden.
It is still unclear where exactly in Turkey the Greek police officer and the woman accompanying him were arrested, but it may have been in the town of Edirne, which is along the border with Greece.
The officer had requested special permission to take the trip, which is standard procedure for all members of the law enforcement community.
The Greek police force, as well as the Greek Foreign Ministry, are reportedly investigating the matter.
The family of the man who was arrested claim that the police officer was arrested for what Turkish police are claiming were “customs violations.” Currently, the cell phones of both parties, the police officer and the woman traveling with him, are not functioning.
Israeli couple arrested in Turkey
In November, an Israeli couple was charged with espionage in Turkey for taking a picture of a historic site which until 1923 had served as the palace of the Turkish ruler. They were released after being detained for nearly a week.
The couple, Mordy Oknin and his wife Natali, were on vacation in Turkey when they snapped a photo of Dolmabahce Palace, which was the home of Turkey’s rulers until 1923.
The building was only recently ruled a no-go area for photography.
The Oknins, who are in their 40s and who own a taxi service in Israel, were detained and later arrested by Turkish authorities for taking the photo from the Çamlıca Tower, which is used for communications.
This is a developing story.