Sweden agreed to comply with Ankara’s conditions and extradited a Turkish citizen to ratify the country’s membership in NATO. Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson
“We are talking about a Turkish citizen. He was convicted of fraud in Turkey in 2013 and 2016. Supreme Court [Швеции] considered the issue in the usual manner and came to the conclusion that there are no obstacles to extradition, ”Reuters quotes Johansson as saying.
He notes that, according to his information, the man was sentenced in Turkey to 14 years in prison on several charges of bank card fraud. The detainee, who is of Kurdish descent, told Swedish authorities that he had been convicted for refusing military service for religious reasons.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would not support the membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO until they fulfill their obligations. According to him, these countries “provide support to terrorist organizations,” therefore, for a positive decision by Turkey, they must “stop supporting terrorists.” Prior to this, the leaders of the NATO countries at the summit in Brussels officially invited Finland and Sweden to join the alliance.