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Supreme Court Decides

Thousands of Turks Fear Extradition

Published torsdag 23 april 2009 kl 20.06

A principle decision made by the Swedish Supreme Court might lead to the extradition of thousands of Turkish citizens who fled their country. On Thursday, the Supreme Court announced that a Turkish man who fled his home country be held in custody in the city of Växjö. He is now awaiting his extradition from Sweden if the government does not decide differently.

The man came to Sweden in 2006 while he was on sick leave from a Turkish prison. Being a member of a Kurdish leftist organization, the man had been sentenced by a Turkish court to 30 years in prison for arson and other crimes.

In case the extradition will be executed, thousands of Turks living in Sweden might face a similar fate. It is unclear when the final decision will be made.

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