Ro­ma­nia de­fers ex­tra­di­tion rul­ing for FETÖ sus­pect

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

A RO­MA­NIAN court has post­poned a rul­ing on an ex­tra­di­tion re­quest for a Turk­ish sus­pect linked to the Gülenist Ter­ror Group (FETÖ).

The Court of Ap­peal said yesterday it would de­fer judg­ment to Dec. 14 on Kamil Demirkaya, whom Turk­ish pros­e­cu­tors ac­cuse of links to FETÖ. Demirkaya was re­leased pend­ing the rul­ing.

Ro­ma­nian Pres­i­dent Klaus Io­han­nis said he was closely watch­ing the case. The op­po­si­tion Union to Save Ro­ma­nia party said Demirkaya shouldn’t be ex­tra­dited, claim­ing his life could be in dan­ger.

Demirkaya is run­ning Za­man Ro­ma­nia and Za­man Bul­garia, two news­pa­pers which serve as mouth­pieces for FETÖ, ac­cord­ing to Turk­ish me­dia out­lets.

FETÖ is ac­cused of car­ry­ing out the deadly 2016 coup at­tempt in Turkey with its in­fil­tra­tors in the mil­i­tary. Many mem­bers of the group fled abroad af­ter the coup at­tempt was quelled. The Za­man news­pa­per, which was shut down be­fore the coup at­tempt for its links to FETÖ, still op­er­ates abroad with anti-Turk­ish cov­er­age and ar­ti­cles prais­ing the ter­ror­ist group. Turkey seeks closer co­op­er­a­tion from other coun­tries in bring­ing the group’s mem­bers to jus­tice and has se­cured the ex­tra­di­tion of hun­dreds from abroad af­ter the 2016 coup bid.

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