Sweden agrees to extradite man to Turkey in wake of NATO deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a media conference at the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain on Thursday. [Manu Fernandez/AP]

The Swedish government on Thursday decided to extradite the man to Turkey for fraud since Turkey demanded the extradition of many people in return for allowing Stockholm to formally apply for NATO membership.

NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden’s attempts to join the Western alliance in June. It comes after weeks of tense negotiations in which Turkey accused her two Nordic countries of hiding what it said were militants of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

As part of the deal, Turkey submitted to Sweden a list of people it wanted to extradite, but has since complained about lack of progress.

The man, in his 30s, is the first to be extradited to Turkey.

“This is a normal routine matter. The person in question is a Turkish national who was convicted of fraud in Turkey in 2013 and 2016,” Justice Minister Morgan Johansson told Reuters in a text message. .

“The Supreme Court considered the matter as usual and concluded that extradition was not impeded,” he said.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to provide further comment on the matter or whether the man was on the list of those Turkey requested extradition.

Swedish broadcaster SVT, which first reported on the extradition, said the man had been sentenced to 14 years in prison in Turkey for several accounts of bank card fraud.

The man, who has been detained in Sweden since last year, says he was unjustly sentenced because he converted to Christianity, refused military service and has Kurdish roots, SVT said. [Reuters] Sweden agrees to extradite man to Turkey in wake of NATO deal

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