THE Sweden decided to expel in Turkey a Kurd who is a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), after he was convicted by a court in Ankara, because the party he belongs to is considered a terrorist organization.
THE Mahmoud Tat had been convicted in Turkey in imprisonment of 6.5 years and according to Anadolu Agency that “after he was arrested by the Swedish police and taken to the detention center in Meldal, he was flown to Turkey.”
According to pro-government newspaper Sabah and the private television network NTV, Tat he was taken to an Istanbul court today. Anadolu reported that the man, who arrived in Sweden in 2015 to escape the execution of his sentence, had submitted an asylum request there but it was “rejected”.
The fate of some Kurdish nationals of Turkey who have been exiled or taken refuge in Sweden and, to a lesser extent, Finland, is at the center of talks with Ankara for the two Nordic countries to join NATO.
Turkey has blocked the enlargement of the Atlantic Alliance since May by calling for the expulsion of many of themwho are accused of being sympathizers or fighters of Kurdish movements classified as “terrorist organizations” in Turkey, or of being associated with the movement of cleric Gülen who is alleged by the authorities to have orchestrated the 2016 coup attempt.
The arrival of a new government in Sweden has recently broadened those exchanges, however, and this week Turkey’s foreign minister said the two countries had taken “positive steps”.
“The new government in Sweden is more determined than the previous one and we welcome that,” said Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Source: News Beast
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