Sweden says will meet the terms of NATO deal with Turkey
Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Tuesday said that Sweden will meet the conditions necessary for the memorandum of understanding signed with Ankara to overcome Turkey's objections to Swedish membership of NATO, Reuters reported.
She also said that last week’s decision to extradite a man to Turkey wanted for fraud was made "according to Swedish and international law, and we will continue to work that way".
Sweden on Thursday agreed to extradite a 35-year-old man to Turkey, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted of committing bank card fraud, a first since the deal was struck.
Although the man was not wanted with terrorist charges, he said he was wrongfully sentenced because he converted from Islam to Christianity, refused to do military service, and has Kurdish roots, Swedish SVT reported.
Sweden’s Ministry of Justice declined to say if the man was on the list of people Turkey has demanded to have extradited.
Turkey had consented to dropping its objection to two NATO hopefuls’ accession as they assured that they 'will not provide support' to the People's Protection Units (YPG) in north Syria and to the organization described as 'FETO' in Turkey, and confirmed that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is a 'proscribed terrorist organization.'
As for the 'extradition' of individuals, the memorandum stated that 'Finland and Sweden will address Turkey's pending deportation or extradition requests of terror suspects expeditiously and thoroughly.'
Two days after the memorandum was signed, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that Sweden had 'promised' Turkey to extradite '73 terrorists', a pledge not confirmed by Swedish authorities.