Category: Turkey

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 […]

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 […]

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