Bosnia rejects request to extradite alleged FETO member

The Appeals Chamber of Bosnia’s state court has rejected Turkey’s request for the extradition of an individual who was alleged to have been involved in the July 2016 coup in Turkey. The Appeals Chamber approved the judgment of the lower court on the basis that Ms Gokcen had requested asylum in Bosnia before Turkey requested her extradition. The Bosnian courts decided that there was no evidence to suggest that Ms Gokcen was a member of the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) and even if she was found to be a member, the organisation had not been outlawed by the Council of Europe or the UN. This decision has been made despite Turkey’s belief that the cleric Gulen Futullah and his network orchestrated the coup and their efforts, thus far without success, to ensure that other European states extradite anyone alleged to be a member of FETO.