The Kurds of Finland have been worried that the country could give in to the demands and, for example, subject them to surveillance and provide information about them to the Turkish authorities. The surrender issue has also become a topic of discussion after the signing of the memorandum between Finland, Sweden and Turkey in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday.
In the memorandum, Turkey promised to support the invitation of Finland and Sweden to NATO. Finland and Sweden, in turn, promised to process all pending extradition requests quickly and thoroughly, taking into account the information, evidence and intelligence provided by Turkey.
As far as he knows, there has been no discussion in Finland and Turkey about the names of the persons to be extradited – and they would not be in line with Finland’s way of working either. No new extradition requests have been submitted to the Ministry of Justice or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs either.
According to Henriksson, the country will continue to subject all extradition requests from abroad to careful and legal evaluation. He emphasized that this process does not include political consideration, but the authorities justify their decisions in accordance with the law and international agreements.
“I have served as the Minister of Justice for a total of seven years, and during this time I have never once doubted that the authorities dealing with extradition requests have acted impartially and legally fairly,” he said.
“The principles of the rule of law and the equal treatment of all people are the most important things to me as Minister of Justice. Our values are based on these principles, and we will not compromise on them.”
Henriksson also reminded that the memorandum has three signatories and that some of the demands may have been aimed more at Sweden than at Finland.
“It is worth keeping in mind that we are talking about three countries here. On the other hand, Turkey and Sweden are also committed to the extradition treaty of the Council of Europe, just like Finland.”
The Convention states, for example, that extradition may not be granted in cases where the request was based on a political crime or a crime recognized under military but not ordinary criminal law. The signatory states of the Convention are also not obliged to extradite their own citizens.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page