Turkey asks Germany to extradite popular Erdogan critic
The Turkish Ministry of Justice demanded the extradition from Germany of a Turkish journalist who is making highly popular videos on Youtube with heavy criticism of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, state TV TRT reported.
The ministry accused Cevheri Guven of being a member of the Gulen movement which Turkey deems a terrorist organization being the center of the coup attempt in 2016.
The extradition file was sent to Germany by the Ministry of Justice through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Cevheri Güven says he left Turkey illegally with her family after the lawsuits filed against him and denies allegation of “membership in a terrorist organization."
Guven, who was the former editor in chief of Nokta magazine which was shut down by the government after the coup attempt, reports extensively on the Turkish government’s corruption and shady relations with mafia and crime groups.
His Youtube videos average 500 thousand views each.
The pro-government Sabah newspaper last month disclosed Guven’s address in Germany and published a front page story titled “here is the slander’s nest” making him an open target.