Albania should extradite Turks wanted on 2016 failed coup charges, ambassador says

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 9, 2018 13:29

Albania should extradite Turks wanted on 2016 failed coup charges, ambassador says

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  • Yörük also mentioned Prime Minister Edi Rama’s recent statement in a TV talk-show that “FETO is a serious threat to Albanian national security” to argue the FETO fugitives that fled to Albania after Turkey’s failed coup attempt should be extradited.

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TIRANA, May 9 – Turkish Ambassador to Tirana Murat Ahmet Yörük said in a recent interview that Turkey is waiting for the official extradition of  FETO fugitives, who he said are part of a terror organization, from Albania to Turkey.

According to Yörük’s interview for Albanian Daily News, the countries’ “strategic partnership and genuine friendship” makes it of paramount importance to Turkey that FETO activities on Albanian ground be eliminated as soon as possible.

Yörük also mentioned Prime Minister Edi Rama’s recent statement in a TV talk-show that “FETO is a serious threat to Albanian national security” to argue the FETO fugitives that fled to Albania after Turkey’s failed coup attempt should be extradited.

“Following the failed coup attempt, many FETO fugitives also fled to Albania. We are still waiting for the official extradition of these FETO fugitives from Albania to Turkey. Because, as our strategic partner and genuine friend, Albanian authorities should not allow their territories to be used as a sheltering ground for a terror organization. As Prime Minister Rama underlined in the recent TV talk show “Tonight Ilva Tare” a few weeks ago that ‘FETO is also a serious threat to Albanian national security,’ I couldn’t agree more,” said Yörük.

Rama was asked by journalist Ilva Tare on FETO fugitives in Albania based on an early statement made by him that he was “keeping them under surveillance,” raising concerns, according to Tare, about a situation of extradition similar to that of Kosovo last month, which raised a lot of interstate debate.

In this context, Tare straightforwardly asked Rama if he has been asked to extradite FETO fugitives in Albania to Turkey.

“What I can say is that the network which organized the violent coup attempt of an elected Turkish government is a dangerous network. When it comes to Albania, we will surely monitor people belonging to that group, because this concerns our national security,” Rama answered.

However, Rama did not directly reply to Tare’s questions whether he’d extradite FETO fugitives if asked, saying he does not want to answer “if questions”, but rather pay attention to possible threats to Albania’s national security.

Concerning Kosovo’s extradition case of six FETO fugitives who were working as school teachers in Kosovo, which President Hashim Thaci said was not aware of after it had happened, Ambassador Yörük said stories depicting the extradited people as victims are false.

“This operation has been realized with the assistance of legal and intelligence authorities of Kosovo. Turkey attaches utmost importance to the rule of law, and act in line with the international obligations. We reject and condemn these news reports claiming that six Turkish men were innocent,” Yörük said.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 9, 2018 13:29