Turkey wants dozens of extraditions after NATO deal
Requests will be sent to Sweden and Finland after they agree to address Ankara’s “terrorists” concerns, the minister said
Turkey identified 33 individuals it would like to extradite from Sweden or Finland, and is redoubling efforts to get them in custody. This was according Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag who spoke on Wednesday.
“The dossiers of six PKK members and six FETO members await in Finland, while those of 10 FETO members and 11 PKK members await in Sweden,” the official was cited by the Anadolu news agency as saying. “We will write about their extradition again after the agreement and remind them.”
He used acronyms to refer to the Kurdish militant organization, the Kurdistan workers’ party and the influence network formed by Fethullah Gaulen, a US-based Turkish clergyman. Ankara views both these terrorist groups. While PKK waged a decade-long guerilla warfare against the Turkish government, FETO were accused by Ankara for staging the 2016 coup attempt.
Turkey’s government has charged Finland and Sweden with harboring terrorists “terrorists”They threatened to stop their attempts to join NATO. After signing a memorandum, the European countries pledged to resolve Turkish concerns.
Bozdag cautioned that the document does not signify that the process of accession for Sweden or Finland is over, and stated that his country will fight to stop them being. “an incubator for terrorist organizations.”He was talking about funding networks that target groups that operate in Europe. Both governments have pledged to end this.
Sauli Niinisto (Finnish President) stated on Tuesday that no list was included in the memorandum naming individuals who were slated to be extradited. His government will make its decision about whether to give suspects to Turkey on the basis of European law, he said. Magdalena Andersson from Sweden was similar in her remarks on the country’s policies.