Turks of Western Thrace
Turkey on June 17 condemned a Greek court's decision to sentence the elected mufti, or Muslim official, of the city of Xanthi to time in prison with a three-year deferment of the sentence.
A criminal court in the city of Thessaloniki sentenced Ahmet Mete to 15 months in prison for "disrupting public order by sowing public discord."
Following a controversial decision, Athens is likely to take steps to preserve the balance between Turkish and Greek language lessons in the curriculum of Muslim religious schools in Western Thrace, according to an expert on minority affairs in Greece.
Four Turkish-Greek lawmakers returned to the Greek parliament in Greece's early Sept. 20 election, according to the official results.
Three MPs -Ayhan Karayusuf, Mustafa Mustafa and Hüseyin Zeybek- represent Syriza, the leftist party of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that won more than 35 percent of the votes.