Greek minister places ‘freeze’ on extradition of Turkish terror suspect

Greece’s Justice Minister on Saturday placed a freeze on the extradition of a Turkish man charged with membership in a far-left ''terrorist organization,'' state-run Anadolu News agency reported.

Greek Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis decided against proceeding with the court order to extradite Turkish terror suspect Turgut Kaya to Turkey, the agency said, citing Greek news agency AMNA.

Kaya, 45, a suspected member of the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist–Leninist (TKP/ML), a Maoist insurgent organization, was arrested this February while trying to enter Greece.

Kaya's application for asylum was accepted by Greece on July 21, despite an Interpol red notice against him.

Tensions have been soaring between Athens and Ankara over the ongoing detention of Greek and Turkish nationals.

Ankara continues to demand the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers, who are accused with membership in the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government holds responsible for the July 2016 coup attempt. 

Two Greek soldiers were arrested and detained in Turkey at the beginning of March after straying across the border in bad weather. The pair are accused by Ankara of espionage.
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