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Sweden refuses Turkish extradition request

AFP/The Local · 12 Nov 2009, 07:14

Published: 12 Nov 2009 07:14 GMT+01:00

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"There are obstacles to the extradition of Cemil Kadir Aygan," the court said in its ruling.

Aygan, a 51-year-old Turkish citizen, lives in Sweden but is known in Turkey under the name Aziz Turan.

Turkey requested his extradition in August 2008, claiming he was "suspected of a crime against the State's unity for having killed author Musa Anter and injured Orhan Miroglu with a firearm on September 20, 1992, within the framework of the terrorist organization PKK's activities," the court said.

Turkey's accusations stem from a book and a newspaper article based on interviews with Aygan in which he allegedly admitted to having taken part in the crimes.

But Aygan has proclaimed his innocence, and told the court that while he had discussed publicly and at length his knowledge of the murder he was not personally involved in it.

Aygan told the court that Turkey had ordered his extradition because it wanted to silence him, and said he believed he would be killed if he were extradited.

Aygan claimed that Anter's murder was carried out by Jitem, a long-secret Turkish military intelligence unit combatting the PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by the European Union and United States.

Aygan told the court that he was a member of the PKK from 1975 to 1985 and then switched sides to work for Jitem from 1990 to 2001 before quitting.

"According to his understanding, the murder of Musa Anter was perpetrated under Jitem's direction," the court said, summing up Aygan's arguments.

A Turkish court ordered Aygan remanded in custody in absentia in January 2008, and Ankara used the arguments for that order as the basis of its extradition request.

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The Swedish court said "the proof given (by Turkey) as a basis for the custody order does not support the accusations" against Aygan.

Aygan was detained in Sweden for two days in January 2009 following Turkey's request, then released with a travel ban.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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08:09 November 12, 2009 by sthlmstdnt
"Aygan told the court that Turkey had ordered his extradition because it wanted to silence him, and said he believed he would be killed if he were extradited."

How can he be killed? Firstly there is no death penalty in Turkey, secondly, his extradition is on the news everywhere, how could they kill him illegally even if they wanted to?
09:29 November 12, 2009 by Osokin
"he was a member of the PKK from 1975 to 1985 and then switched sides to work for Jitem from 1990 to 2001" then came to Sweden and fell in love with the nature here. Say no more.
09:46 November 12, 2009 by DAVID T
Yes Sweden has a history of letting criminals in - they they wonder why the crime rate is so high
10:04 November 12, 2009 by Beynch
Hmmmm. There appears to be issues here. What "obstacles to extradition"? Be specific! I don't know anything other than what I read here, but it does seem to me that Sweden wouuld want to get rid of this criminal. Also how does this Aygan (aka Turan) support himself while in Sweden? Or are we talking about a taxpayer funded comfortable living here? Please complete the story.
10:38 November 12, 2009 by rgsmo
Aygan was working for a Kurdish terrorist/separatist organisation PKK then switched side to state. The author he has killed was a leftist/communist journalist who was a target for both PKK and state. State kept him safe and away from court when he was in Turkey. An probably now, in his new life in Sweden, other part, PKK is taking care of him. Kurdish lobby is playing and poor Swedish citizens are just watching...
10:40 November 12, 2009 by Nemesis
The guy is suspected of killing the author Musa Anter.

That was a very serious crime.

If there is evidence, it should be presented to the Swedish authorities, immediately by the Turkish authorities.

If it can be shown there is a reasonable level of evidence, he should be deported to face trial.

If there is no evidence he should not be deported.

Only if there is actual evidence should he be deported, not just because some right wing nut jobs commenting on the local think so.
13:48 November 12, 2009 by HejHej
The wanted can be considered in the same way as Osama was to USA. USA attacked becz afghanistan refused to hand over him and now Sweden did the same to refuse to hand over. In former, there was no evidence but in case of this man, whole world knows what he did. Hypocracy is the hallmark of so called developed countries.
14:27 November 12, 2009 by Jan-Bug
Sweden obviously believe there's not enough criminals in this country as it is. But is anybody surprised?

Sweden is very known for taking in criminals of all kind and give them shelter and the worst of all PROTECT THEM by all means!

Again, protect the perpetrator! Not victims...
14:32 November 12, 2009 by tillerman
Sweden is just like a number other countries. It wants to pick who it considers a terrorist and who is doesn't. The definition is not by the acts taken but by whether Sweden is politically sympathetic to the cause.

Morality went out the door of Sweden on such things long ago.
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