Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – Anadolu reported that Sweden extradited a PKK/KCK terror group member to Türkiye on Friday.
Mahmut Tat was sentenced to six years and 10 months in prison in Sweden after he was arrested on charges of being a member of the PKK/KCK terror organization.
He applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015 because of his sentence but was denied.
Tat was taken to a detention center in Molndal. After completing procedures he was sent to Türkiye by plane.
Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO in May, abandoning decades of military non-alignment, a decision spurred by Russia’s war against Ukraine.
But Türkiye – a NATO member for more than 70 years — voiced objections to their membership bids, accusing the two countries of tolerating and even supporting terror groups.
Türkiye and the two Nordic countries signed a memorandum in June at a NATO summit to address Ankara’s legitimate security concerns, paving the way for their eventual membership in the alliance.
Under the memorandum, Finland and Sweden extend their full support to Türkiye countering threats to its national security. To that effect, Helsinki and Stockholm are not to provide support to terror groups including the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) — the group behind the defeated 2016 coup in Türkiye.
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and EU — has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is its Syrian offshoot.
Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have warned that Türkiye will not give the nod to the memberships of Sweden and Finland until the memorandum is implemented.
Unanimous consent from all 30 existing allied countries is required for a country to join NATO.
Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism has asserted several times and emphasizes that terrorism in the context of asylum in Europe is the origin of many terrorist acts in many countries, especially West Asian region.