Western countries ignoring extradition evidence: Bozdag

Turkish justice minister accuses some states of sitting on evidence sent by Ankara about FETO, PKK suspects

Western countries ignoring extradition evidence: Bozdag

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s justice minister on Friday accused countries in receipt of documents on wanted terror suspects of not examining the files thoroughly.

Bekir Bozdag said the authorities in counties where PKK or Fetullah Terror Organization (FETO) suspects resided had demanded evidence before extradition to Turkey but then failed to scrutinize the material supplied by Ankara.

"Everyone [countries where PKK or FETO militants reside] requires evidence but they don't examine any of the evidence that we send," Bozdag told reporters while visiting Yozgat province in central Turkey.

"There are files which they don't review. They try to create a public opinion that the extraditions don't take place because the Turks do not provide any evidence, information or files," he added.

Last September, Ankara asked the German authorities to find, arrest and hand over two high-profile FETO suspects: former prosecutors Zekeriya Oz and Celal Kara who fled Turkey in late 2013.

Oz and Kara played a key role in a controversial anti-corruption probe in late 2013 which targeted senior political figures in Turkey. Later, they were accused of fabricating evidence as part of a plot to overthrow the government.

The two men are thought to still be in Germany.

According to Bozdag, some Gulenists who staged the failed 15 July 2016 coup attempt are also seeking asylum in Germany despite Turkey's outstanding official extradition requests based on international treaties.

Although there had been some positive steps in the transfer of prisoners, Bozdag said none of the militants have been extradited yet. 

"Rather, the German justice minister as well as some other officials have made statements that the terrorists would not be extradited," Bozdag said. 

Unlike extradition, a prisoner transfer involves a convict who is already been prosecuted and sentenced in Turkey but fled to a foreign country


Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Şubat 2017, 15:11