Greek Court Postpones Turkey Extradition Case



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

 

A Greek court on Tuesday postponed a ruling on extraditing a terror suspect — one of a group of nine detained late last year — to Turkey.

Forty-eight-year-old Naci Ozpolat was one of nine Turkish citizens arrested in December shortly before an historic state visit by Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Greek court said it was waiting on further information from the Turkish authorities and adjourned Ozpolat’s hearing until March 6.

Tuesday’s move follows an last week’s decision not to extradite another suspect, Mehmet Dogan, 60.

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, where he could face ill treatment.

Greek police earlier released photos and names of the suspected members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) terrorist group.

The suspected are wanted on a string of terrorism-related charges in Turkey.

The Greek authorities did not confirm reports that the group was plotting to target Erdogan during his visit to Greece but confirmed the suspects were “not cooperating” with authorities.


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