Swiss consul's wife barred from leaving Turkey

Istanbul, Feb 7 (IANS) The wife of the Swiss consul and head of chancery has been barred from leaving Turkey following an alleged hit-and-run accident in Istanbul, Xinhua reported.

A court in Istanbul obligated Andrea Koppel, wife of Swiss Consul Florian Koppel, to sign in at a police station every Friday.

Koppel allegedly fled the scene after crashing a Swiss consular car into a motorcycle on which 49-year-old Dogan Durmus Inal and his wife Filiz Inal were riding.

Andrea was in the driver's seat when the car allegedly hit the couple in Istanbul's Bebek area.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, while the man suffered minor injuries.

Koppel was summoned to a police station to submit her testimony.

She initially denied accusations of fleeing the scene, but later admitted she had fled the scene out of panic.

Koppel's blood samples were also taken.


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