Turkey is demanding the extradition of 33 “terrorist” suspects from Sweden and Finland. The demand is based on the agreement that Ankara signed with the two Nordic countries, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday, according to the Turkish television channel NTV.
Turkey surprisingly gave up its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO on Tuesday. Ankara said the two EU countries had responded to Turkey’s key demands.
“Under the new agreement, we will ask Finland for the extradition of six PKK and six Fetö members, and Sweden for the extradition of ten Fetö members and eleven PKK members,” Bozdag said on Wednesday. The Turkish government calls the movement of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom Erdogan blames for the 2016 coup attempt, a fetö.
In the course of the Russian attack on Ukraine, Sweden and Finland broke with their decades-long tradition of military alliance neutrality and applied for NATO membership in May. Allies must unanimously agree to admit new members. Turkey was the only country to oppose it.