Category: Turkey

21st Jul 2022

Lady Justice’s Sword of Damocles: Erdogan puts pressure on Stockholm after Sweden’s Supreme Court prevents extradition

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has threatened that Turkey may still block Swedish membership of NATO following reports of a Swedish Supreme Court decision blocking the extradition of Yilmaz Aytan. Aytan, who ran a school in Afghansitan founded by the Gülen movement, has had permanent residency in Sweden since 2018. He requested asylum following […]

6th Jul 2022

Extradition for Accession: Turkey demands extradition of 33 individuals in return for accepting Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO

Turkey has renewed efforts to extradite 33 individuals it designates as terrorists from Sweden and Finland following the signing of a trilateral memorandum between the countries removing Turkey’s veto on the Nordic nations’ accession to NATO. The Agreement In the memorandum, signed on 28 June 2022, Sweden and Finland have agreed, at clause 8, to: […]

1st Jun 2022

CASE SUMMARY: El Omari v International Criminal Police Organisation (“INTERPOL”)

Background On May 24, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit upheld a decision by the District Court for the Eastern District of New York (“District Court”) which found that for the purposes of the International Organization Immunities Act (“IOIA”), INTERPOL qualified as a public international organization (“PIO”) and was therefore entitled to immunity […]

1st Mar 2022

Ukrainian Government requests Russia be suspended from INTERPOL

On 28 February 2022, the Home Secretary made an oral statement to Parliament, informing the house that the Ukrainian Government requested that Russia be suspended from INTERPOL. The request, which follows Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is part of wider efforts to isolate Russia from the global community, including severe economic sanctions imposed by Western governments […]

12th Oct 2021

Syria re-added to INTERPOL’s communications network

On 2 of October 2021, Syria was re-added to INTERPOL’s communications network, having been subject since 2011 to several corrective measures, which prevented the Syrian National Central Bureau (‘NCB’) from sending and receiving messages with other Member States. INTERPOL stated in comments to news outlets that the recommendation to lift the measures were made in line […]

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 […]

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