Albania resists Turkey’s call to extradite Gülenists - Balkan Insight

Albania's Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati on Friday said his country must respect international obligations on extradition in response to Turkey’s demands to close down schools linked to Fethullah Gülen and 'extradite members of the Gülen movement, which Ankara holds responsible for the July 2016 coup attempt, Balkan Insight website said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, during a joint press conference with Albania's Ditmir Bushati in Tirana, reiterated Ankara’s wish for Albania close down a network of Gülenist schools which he said are "anti-Turkish institutions."

"There is a serious Feto-ist structure in Albania. They have penetrated very deeply into the state system," Balkan Insight quoted Çavuşoğlu as saying.

Bushati, in response, said that Albania, as a NATO member and as a candidate for EU membership, is bound by international agreements on extradition that cannot be overturned at press conferences.

Ankara’s influence in the Balkans allowed the Turkish government to expand its purge against Turkish citizens after the coup attempt in 2016. In late March, six Turkish citizens from Kosovo were extradited by the Turkish intelligence service, due to their links the Gülen movement, The EU afterward issued a statement, saying that the arrest and the deportation of those persons raised questions about the respect of the due process of law.