Formal request for the extradition of controversial preacher Zakir Naik

Yesterday, the Indian foreign ministry confirmed that they have made a formal request to Malaysia for the extradition of Zakir Naik.
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar has stated:
“At this stage, our request is under the active consideration of the Malaysian side. Our High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur is in touch with Malaysian authorities.”
Mr Naik is wanted by Indian authorities over allegations of money laundering and spreading extremism including giving speeches which were cited as a reason for a terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which killed 22 people. India’s National Investigation Agency is also investigating Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation, over allegations of money laundering.

Sixth Greek refusal to extradite alleged member of Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front to Turkey.

Today marks the sixth time a Greek court has denied Turkey’s request for the extradition of an alleged member of Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C). The alleged member, Mr Agarmis, was arrested in Athens last year with 8 other alleged members of the same group.

Despite the DHKP-C being listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S and the European Union, the Court of Appeal in Larissa explained that Mr Agarmis would not be extradited due to Turkey’s poor human rights record.

Interpol halts “political” requests made by Turkey for arrests

Interpol has halted 50 requests made by Turkey for the arrest of people it is seeking on charges of terrorism. Interpol’s decision came after it determined that the requests were political in nature. Among those Turkey is pursuing are Salih Muslim, former leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, and senior members of the Fethullah Gulen movement, which Turkey accuses of being behind an attempted coup in July 2016.

Czech court orders release of man wanted by Turkey

We previously reported that Turkish politician Salih Muslim had been arrested in the Czech Republic on an Interpol Red Notice issued by Turkey (see previous blog). A Czech court has now ruled that he should be released. Turkey intends to make a formal request for his extradition, and accuses him of disrupting the state and aggravated murder. He was formerly co-chairman of the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which Turkey accuses of being a terrorist organisation.

Greek court rejects Turkey’s extradition request for Mehmet Dogan

A Greek court has rejected Turkey’s extradition request for Mehmet Dogan, one of the nine Turkish people it wants on suspicion of being linked to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, which the EU has identified as a terrorist organisation. Turkey has charged them all with terrorism-related offences, but Mr Dogan successfully argued that the charges against him were politically motivated.

The Court is due to hear the second case relating to the 9 wanted people this week.

Saudi Arabian sisters fight extradition from Turkey

Two Saudi Arabian sisters resident in Turkey are fighting their extradition to Saudi Arabia, which they say they fled to escape an abusive family. Ashwaq and Areej Hamoud were detained in Turkey after their father claimed that their intention in leaving Saudi Arabia had been to join terrorist groups in Syria, but no public criminal investigation into them has yet been launched.

To date, the sisters have been unsuccessful in their attempts to fight extradition through Turkey’s courts, and their lawyer has warned that they face grave danger should they be sent back to Saudi Arabia.