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CRIME

Missing tsunami boy’s body found

The body of twelve-year old Kristian Walker, who was rumoured to have been kidnapped in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami, has been found in Thailand.

A number of witnesses reported directly after the Boxing Day catastrophe that they had seen Kristian in the company of a man, leading to speculation that he might have been kidnapped.

But now a child’s body that had been kept with the bodies of other tsunami victims in cold storage in Thailand has been identified as that of Kristian.

Kristian had been on holiday in Thailand with his mother Madelaine, her boyfriend, his fourteen-year old brother David and sister Anna, aged seven. Kristian’s mother and her boyfriend both died in the tsunami.

Kristian’s father, Dan Walker, told Expressen that “logically, it feels good” that Kristian’s body has been found. But, he added, “emotionally it is a catastrophe.”

POLITICS

Sweden extradites suspected PKK terror group member to Turkey

Sweden has extradited a convicted member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to Turkey as Ankara presses Stockholm for further steps in return for its membership in NATO, state media reported on Saturday.

Sweden extradites suspected PKK terror group member to Turkey

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

Tat arrived in Istanbul on Friday night having been detained by Swedish police, the Anadolu news agency reported.

He was taken by Turkish police soon after arriving at Istanbul airport and referred to court on Saturday, the private NTV broadcaster reported.

Turkey 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 despite an agreement in Madrid in June.

NATO ambitions

Finland and Sweden dropped decades of military non-alignment and sought to join NATO in May, after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The decision requires a consensus within the US-led defence alliance, but only Turkey and Hungary are yet to ratify their membership.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held trilateral talks with his Swedish and Finnish counterparts on the margins of a NATO meeting in Bucharest this week.

“The statements (coming out of Sweden) are good, the determination is good but we need to see concrete steps,” Cavusoglu said.

Ankara has said it expects Stockholm to take action on issues including the extradition of criminals and freezing of terror assets.

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