Saturday, December 3, 2022

Sweden extradite PKK member to Turkey. After arrival at Istanbul airport, he was taken by Turkish police

Sweden extradite PKK member to Turkey

Sweden has extradited a convicted member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to Turkey as a step towards NATO membership amid Ankara’s pressure, state media reported.

Mahmut Tat was sentenced to six years and 10 months in jail for PKK membership in Turkey. He then fled to Sweden in 2015 but his asylum request was rejected.

After Tat’s arrival at Istanbul airport, he was taken by Turkish police and referred to court on Saturday, the private NTV broadcaster reported.

In May, Finland and Sweden announced their bids to join NATO because of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

But Turkey has hindered the process over Ankara’s “legitimate” concerns as it has accused Finland and Sweden in particular of providing a safe haven for outlawed Kurdish groups it deems “terrorists”, and held back on ratifying their NATO bids.

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