Greece Refuses to Return Terror Suspect to Turkey



    One of a group Turkish nationals detained on terrorism charges before a visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Greece in late 2017 (file photo)

    Greek judges on Friday refused to extradite a suspect wanted on terrorism charges to Turkey.

    Mehmet Dogan, 60, was one of eight Turkish citizens detained in December shortly before an historic state visit by Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The court said it accepted Dogan had already been recognized as a political refugee by France and said this did not allow for his return to Turkey.

    Greek police earlier released photos and names of the suspected members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) terrorist group, who were detained late last year.

    Suspects from the ultra-left outfit — which has been responsible for a string of bombings and assassinations in Turkey — were allegedly planning an attack during Erdogan’s visit to Athens.

    The Greek authorities did not confirm the plot, but said the suspects were “not cooperating” with authorities.

    Forged passports and IDs were found in the suspects’ possession during raids, as well as bomb-making materials and firearms.