STT learned of Finland’s refusal to extradite ‘terrorists’ to Turkey

According to the agency, Turkey has sent ten extradition requests to Finland since 2019, but Helsinki agreed to extradite only two people whose ties to the FETO or the PKK were not known

Finland did not agree to extradite to Turkey people who, according to Ankara, are associated with the Gülen Movement (FETO) or the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), recognized as terrorist in the republic, Ilta Sanomat reports with reference to STT.

According to According to the agency, in total, by the beginning of June, Helsinki had ruled on seven requests for the extradition of citizens out of ten sent by Ankara since 2019. Two were extradited to Turkey, but they were not suspected of terrorism in their homeland.

In mid-May, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then said that Ankara would not support the membership of states in the alliance, because they refused to extradite terrorists to it and imposed sanctions against the country.

Sabah subsequently reported, that the Turkish authorities are planning to hand over to Sweden and Finland a manifesto with conditions to support their accession to NATO. Among the demands were refusal to accept “terrorists”; PKK to parliaments, avoiding contacts with the leadership of the party, accelerating the procedure for extradition of its members and other measures to oppose the activities of the organization on the territory of the two countries.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg supported the entry of Sweden and Finland, but urged to take into account the interests of all allies and seek a compromise with Turkey.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on May 21 that Stockholm “welcomes the possibility of cooperation in the fight against international terrorism.” and supports the inclusion of the PKK in the list of terrorists. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto spoke about his readiness to guarantee Ankara that ties with the PKK will be more closely monitored, but stressed that Helsinki cannot extradite people associated with the party without justice.

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