ANKARA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Turkey’s foreign minister on Tuesday claimed as “absurd” a Swedish prosecutor’s decision not to investigate a protest in Stockholm where the effigy of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was hung.
“The decision by the (Swedish) prosecutor’s office not to investigate the incident is extremely absurd, and we all know what the rule of law means,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference with his visiting Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in the capital. Ankara.
The incident was a “racist, hateful, hate crime act” and therefore also goes against universal values and is a crime under international law, the Turkish foreign minister added.
Sweden should not try to deceive Turkey by calling the incident freedom of expression, stated Cavusoglu.
Either the Nordic country will “fall victim to these mines laid by terrorists” or will move forward by meeting the requirements of the agreement reached with Türkiye, the Turkish foreign minister warned.
Last week, a group of protesters hung a doll resembling Erdogan by its feet in Stockholm and shared its video footage on social media. Ankara says the protesters were supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
On June 28 last year, Turkey, Sweden and Finland reached a memorandum of understanding (MoU) before Ankara lifted its veto ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid.
The Turkish parliament has not yet ratified the Nordic countries’ NATO bid, citing that they have not met Türkiye’s wishes.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US and the EU, has been insurgent against the Turkish government for more than three decades.