Turkey disappointed Britain rejects extradition of Gülen-linked suspects

Turkey is disappointed by the decision of a high court in London to refuse the extradition of four Turkish nationals from Britain to Turkey, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.  

A high court in London on Tuesday upheld a previous ruling and rejected Turkey’s extradition requests for Hamdi Akın İpek, Ali Çelik, Talip Büyük and Mustafa Yeşil, four men the Turkish government accuses of links to the Gülen movement.

İpek, a media tycoon and the chairman of the Koza-İpek Group and Koza Ltd., has been living in Britain since 2015. 

Turkey blames the Islamist Gülen movement for orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016 and the authorities have launched a massive crackdown against the Gülenists in the country and abroad.

The Turkish ministry said that Ankara’s efforts to extradite Gülen devotees living abroad would continue. “It should not be forgotten that this terrorist organisation is a threat not only to Turkey, but to each country where it operates, and that international cooperation is of great importance in the fight against terrorism,” it said