The strong response of the Turkish Foreign Ministry brought the decision of Greek Justice Minister, Stavros Kontonis, to “freeze” the extradition to the Turkish authorities of the Turkish journalist and historian, Turgut Kaya, which was decided by the Greek supreme court, Areios Pagos.
Kaya, a member of ATIK, the Confederation of Turkish Workers in Europe, was arrested in mid-April along with three other Turks in a coordinated pan-European operation. He was released and arrested again in February in Greece, in response to an Interpol’s red warrant.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy in a statement notes:
“The extradition of Turgut Kaya, for whom Interpol issued a red notice, was denied by the decision of the Greek Minister of Justice despite the Greek judiciary’s ruling in favour of extradition to Turkey. This reveals once again that the traditional sentiments of the Greek political power against Turkey have not changed.
Greece, which provided a shelter to PKK Leader Öcalan in the past, today grants asylum to criminals wanted by Turkey and easily ignores the court’s judgments regarding their extradition.
Greece is expected to respect good-neighborly relations and embrace the norms of contemporary law”./IBNA