NATO applicants respond to Turkey for extradition

Extradition process for foreign “terrorism” suspects can only take place according to local laws, Finland and Sweden insist

There will be no fast-track extraditions “terrorism” suspects to , Finland and Sweden have signaled after the two Nordic countries reached an agreement with Ankara to resolve their stalemate in ’s tender. This week, Turkey and the two prospective members reached a 10-point agreement, which targeted groups that Ankara considers to be “terrorists” and an end to the current arms embargo.

“The agreement between Finland, Turkey and Sweden is about facilitating extradition, but mentions that it takes place in accordance with European extradition agreements.” This was stated by Foreign Minister in an interview with on Friday.

The country made no concrete promises of extradition and no list of wanted persons was agreed during the talks with Turkey, the top diplomat said. In all, the country has received 12 extradition requests from Turkey in the last five years and they are still being processed. Handing over Finland’s own citizens is not relevant either, Haavisto noted without saying whether Ankara is looking for such individuals.

“When we talk about extradition, it requires that the person has committed a terrorist or preparation for such a crime, proven in Finland.” in Haavisto. “In addition, according to Finland’s commitments, we can not send anyone to the death penalty or torture.”

A similar attitude has also been outlined by Sweden. “In Sweden, Swedish law is applied by independent courts. Swedish citizens are not extradited. Non-Swedish citizens can be extradited at the request of other countries, but only if it is compatible with Swedish law and the European Convention.” Justice Minister told AFP on Thursday.

While Turkey reached an agreement with the two Nordic countries this week to resolve their differences and lift Ankara’s roadblock to their NATO membership, President Erdogan threatened to block the process again if Ankara’s demands were not met.

“The important thing is that promises come true” That is what Erdogan said during a press conference at the end of a NATO summit in on Thursday. “First, Sweden and Finland should carry out their tasks and it is stated in the text … But if they do not, it is of course out of the question that ratification is sent to our Riksdag.” he added.

Finland and Sweden fought to join the US-led NATO bloc in the midst of the ongoing conflict between and Ukraine. The two Nordic nations have had close ties with the alliance for decades, but have been formally neutral until now.

However, their NATO operation came to a standstill when Turkey expressed concern over the two nations that house members of groups it considers to be. “terrorists”. These groups include the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been waging a low-intensity insurgency against the Turkish government for decades, and the so-called Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO). This group is said to be led by the US-based Turkish priest, who has been named by Ankara as the culprit behind the failed 2016 attempt to oust Erdogan.


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