Category: Turkey

7th Nov 2019

Turkey’s Interior Ministry accuses INTERPOL of rejecting 646 Red Notices

Turkey’s Deputy Interior Minister İsmail Çatakli this week criticised INTERPOL for rejecting 646 Red Notice requests made by Turkey, since the failed coup attempt of 2016. The allegation was first reported by state-run news agency Anadolu.  Deputy Minister Çatakli accused INTERPOL of “cherry-pick[ing] requests” and of failing to support Tukey in the fight against terror. […]

12th Aug 2019

Brazilian Supreme Court refuses to extradite Ali Sipahi to Turkey

On 6 August 2019 the Brazilian Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of Ali Siphai. Mr Siphai is allegedly a member of Hizmet, a moderate Islamic movement inspired by the Turkish preacher, Fethullah Gulen. Hizmet is listed as a terrorist organisation in Turkey. Brazil’s Supreme Court rejected Turkey’s request for his extradition stating […]

22nd May 2019

Turkey seeks the extradition of UK academic Ozcan Keles

Ozcan Keles, a British academic of Turkish descent, appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on the 20 May 2019. He is accused, by Turkish authorities, of spreading online propaganda supporting Fetullah Gülen. The Turkish extradition request alleges that Mr Keles is a member of the Fetö Organisation, a group associated with Fetullah Gülen, the cleric that […]

9th Apr 2019

Ipek extradition: Turkish government refused permission to appeal

On 9 April 2019, Laing J ruled that the Turkish Government should not be granted permission to appeal against Westminster Magistrates’ Court’s ruling that Akin Ipek and his co-accused Ali Celik and Talip Buyuk should not be extradited to Turkey. As he left the court, Mr Ipek said he hoped that the ruling brought an […]

17th Jan 2019

Turkish prosecutors seek the extradition of Enes Kanter

Turkish prosecutors are seeking the arrest and extradition of Enes Kanter, a Turkish basketball player playing for the New York Knicks. The Turkish authorities allege that he is a member of an “armed terrorist group”. Mr Kanter is a known critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and supporter of Fetullah Gulen, a cleric who President […]

3rd Jan 2019

US prosecutors to visit Ankara to discuss evidence against Fetullah Gulen

Next week, a team of US prosecutors from Washington DC, are travelling to Turkey to discuss the possible extradition of Fetullah Gulen, alleged by the Turkish government to be founder of a terrorist organisation to which it has assigned the name ‘FETO’. The Turkish government have been requesting Mr Gulen’s extradition from the US for […]

30th Nov 2018

Turkey reacts to UK’s Ipek ruling

On 28th November 2018, we reported that Westminster Magistrates’ Court ruled that Hamdi Akin Ipek and his co-accused  Ali Celik and Talip Buyuk should not be extradited to Turkey. You can read our coverage of the decision here. In his ruling, Judge John Zani, explained that he had “serious reservations about the current state of […]

19th Nov 2018

Trump: No plans to extradite Gulen

Turkish preacher, Fethullah Gulen is accused by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of orchestrating a failed coup attempt in 2016. It was reported last week that the White House was studying the legal ramifications of extraditing Mr Gulen, who currently resides in Pennsylvania, as part of an effort to persuade Turkey to stop putting […]

21st Jul 2018

Hamdi Akin Ipek, arrested after extradition request

In May 2018, British police arrested Mr Hamdi Akin Ipek, a prominent Turkish businessman and known critic of President Erdogan. His arrest followed a request for his extradition from Turkey  for offences relating to alleged financial links between his company, Koza-Ipek Ltd, and Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish preacher who the Turkish authorities allege to be […]

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