Sweden agrees to extradite man to Turkey in wake of NATO deal

The move comes weeks after Turkey demanded the extradition of several people from Sweden in exchange for a NATO deal.

The Swedish government has decided to extradite a 30-year-old man to Turkey for fraud.

The case is the first announced on Thursday – after Turkey demanded the extradition of several people in exchange for allowing Stockholm to formally apply for NATO membership.

NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto in June on Finland and Sweden’s bid to join the Western alliance after weeks of tense negotiations in which Ankara accused the two Nordic countries of harboring fighters from Turkey’s banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

As part of the deal, Turkey submitted a list of people it wished to extradite to Sweden, but has since expressed frustration at the lack of progress.

“It is a matter of normal routine. The person in question is a citizen of Turkey and has been convicted of fraud offenses in Turkey in 2013 and 2016,” Justice Minister Morgan Johansson said in a text message to Reuters news agency.

“The Supreme Court, as always, has examined the issue and concluded that there are no obstacles to extradition,” he said.

A Justice Ministry spokeswoman declined to say whether the man was on a list of people Turkey sought to extradite, or to comment further on the matter.

Swedish broadcaster SVT, which first reported the extradition, said the man had been sentenced to 14 years in prison in Turkey on multiple counts of bank card fraud.

The man, who has been detained in Sweden since last year, says he has been wrongly sentenced because he converted to Christianity, refused military service and is of Kurdish origin.

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