Albanian Court Rejects 'Gulenist's' Extradition
Albanian Daily News
Published October 14, 2017
Albania is under pressure to extradite an alleged member of Muslim cleric Gulen's Hizmet movement, which Turkey accuses of being behind last year's failed coup against President Erdogan.
On Thursday, Albanian police in Durres announced the detention of a Turkish national named Muhammet Aydogmus, 39, on the basis of a Turkish international arrest warrant. Police said Aydogmus, his wife and two children were detained on Monday in Durres while trying to travel to Italy using false passports. "After an investigation by the office of Interpol, Tirana found out that Turkish citizen Muhammet Aydogmus had an international warrant concerning a terrorist organisation and was sought by the Turkish courts," the police said.
Anyway, on Friday the Durres First Instance Court rejected the extradition request to Turkey, deciding that while Aydogmus arrest was legitimate, his extradition was not supported by proofs and thus the detainee was released.