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| 1 February 2023, Wednesday |

Sweden extradites man with alleged terrorism links to Turkey, media report

As Ankara continues to put pressure on the Nordic nation to fulfill its demands in exchange for NATO membership, Sweden on Friday deported a Kurdish man with claimed ties to terrorism to Turkey, according to a report from the Turkish state news agency Anadolu on Saturday.

After receiving a six-years and ten-month prison sentence in Turkey for alleged ties to the PKK, Mahmut Tat applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015.

As Ankara continues to put pressure on the Nordic nation to fulfill its demands in exchange for NATO membership, Sweden on Friday deported a Kurdish man with claimed ties to terrorism to Turkey, according to a report from the Turkish state news agency Anadolu on Saturday.

After receiving six years and ten-month prison sentence in Turkey for alleged ties to the PKK, Mahmut Tat applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015.

Others wanted by Ankara are people with alleged links to Fethullah Gulen – a Turkish cleric who lives in the United States and is accused of orchestrating 2016 failed coup attempt against Erdogan.

Stockholm and Helsinki deny harbouring militants but have pledged to cooperate with Ankara to fully address its security concerns and also to lift arms embargoes.

NATO makes its decisions by consensus, meaning that both countries require the approval of all 30 countries. Only Turkey still stands opposed to the two countries’ membership.

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  • Reuters