Greece Refuses Turkey's Request to Extradite Suspect Belonging to Terror Organization

Published April 3rd, 2018 - 12:59 GMT
Greek Court Refuses Turkey's Request to Extradite (AFP/ File Photo)
Greek Court Refuses Turkey's Request to Extradite (AFP/ File Photo)

A Greek court on Tuesday rejected Turkey's extradition request for a member of the terrorist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), according to Greek ANA-MPA news agency.

Ali Ercan Gokoglu of DHKP-C was arrested last November in Athens and has since been jailed pending trial.

Before the decision of Larissa Appeals Court on Gokoglu, the prosecution argued that the suspect should not be extradited because "there is no guarantee for fair trial", it was reported.

Gokoglu's arrest along with eight others came days before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Athens for an official visit.

The nine suspects were remanded in custody for "possessing weapons and explosives", "being members of a terrorist organization" and "possessing forged documents".

The Greek Appeals Courts has also denied extradition requests for the other DHKP-C members, Hasan Biber, Hazal Secer, Mehmet Dogan, and Sadi Naci Ozpolat among them.

DHKP-C terrorist Hasan Biber is believed to be one of the perpetrators of the twin bomb attacks in 2013 that targeted the Justice Ministry and the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party headquarters in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

 This article has been adapted from its original source.

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