“In Sweden, Swedish law is applied by independent courts,” the minister said in a statement, a copy of which was received by AFP.“.
“Non-Swedish people can be extradited to other countries at their request, but only when this is in compliance with Swedish law and the European Convention on Deportations,” he added, recalling that no Swedish citizen could be extradited..
According to Stockholm, the agreement signed on Tuesday evening to lift Turkey’s objection to Sweden and Finland joining NATO “clearly states that we will respect the European agreement” regarding deportations..
But less than 48 hours after the agreement concluded by the three countries on the sidelines of a NATO summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened again Thursday to block Sweden and Finland from joining the alliance..
During a press conference, Erdogan referred to “a pledge made by Sweden” regarding the extradition of “73 terrorists”.“.
The Turkish president stressed that the Swedish authorities “will hand them over, I have pledged to do so. This is contained in the written documents,” stressing that the Swedish authorities “will fulfill their obligation.”“.
However, the Swedish Minister of Justice, without referring to Erdogan’s statement directly, reiterated Thursday evening that the final word regarding deportations belongs to the Supreme Court, “which has the right to object to deportations,” not the government..
The agreement, which was signed on Tuesday evening, and whose expressions are subject to many interpretations, was welcomed by Sweden because it opens the way for Stockholm to join NATO..
However, the agreement, on the other hand, raises great concerns, especially among the Kurds, about the reality of the concessions made by Stockholm..
On Thursday, Erdogan did not reveal any details about the 73 targets, but Ankara has been demanding for years the extradition of Kurdish activists or those close to the movement of the preacher Fethullah Gulen who reside in Sweden..
In view of the prevailing concerns, the Swedish Prime Minister reiterated that her country “continues to respect Swedish law and international law” with regard to deportations..
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