Swedish PM: “We will always stand up for Kurdish rights”
Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Saturday reinstated that her country refuses to extradite any Kurdish people to Turkey who have not been involved in terrorist activities.
Speaking to Rudaw TV, Andersson said they “will not expel any people with Kurdish background and Swedish citizenship who is not part of terrorist activities according to Swedish legislation”
“As long as I am prime minister in Sweden, we will always stand up for Kurdish rights. (...) So, anyone who is not doing a terrorist action according to Swedish legislation can be perfectly safe,” Swedish PM said.
Sweden, along with Finland signed an accord with Turkey to lift Ankara's objection to their accession to NATO in exchange for counter-terrorism promises, but Turkey says the Nordic countries do not keep their word.
Turkey claims the deal involves the extradition of 73 people from Sweden and a dozen others from Finland but the two countries so far failed to extradite anybody from the list.
At least 19 people living in Sweden that Turkey wants extradited have already been tried and denied extradition, and a top court will not reexamine those cases, Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported last month.
“We can not sit down and go through previous cases that have already been decided,” said Anders Eka, President of Sweden’s Supreme Court, DN reported.
Sweden’s Supreme Court examines any request for extradition and determines if there is an obstacle, and the government must abide. If the court sees any obstacles then the person must not be handed over, said Anders Eka, according to DN