Mar 21 2018

Turkey issues extradition request for Farm Bank scam

Turkey has issued an extradition request for the man alleged to be behind a mobile phone application based on Farmville that encouraged users to buy virtual farm animals and raise them for money in return, opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper said.

Turkish citizen Mehmet Aydın had obtained a two-year residency permit in Uruguay, but on news of Aydın having fled the country, Turkish authorities sent his extradition papers to Argentina.

He stands accused of cheating 77,000 people out of more than 100 million lira ($25 million).

“The extradition and (Interpol) red warrant processes have begun in the Farm Bank incident,” Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said. “Our prosecutors and our ministry are following the subject.”

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, urged those who had lost money in the scam to sue the banking regulator for not preventing it using the term bank.

Kılıçdaroğlu also noted that there was no extradition treaty between Uruguay and Turkey, and said that while Turkey might be able to import non-halal meat from the country, it could not get back this citizen on the run.

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