A Danish court has turned down Turkish government’s request to extradite Cemal Deniz, a 58-year-old man Turkish national of Kurdish origin who is accused of membership to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), back to Turkey.
Under custody since July 14, the man was released after Danish officials concluded that he cannot be extradited since Turkey does not fully comply with Danish conditions on extradition such as non-torture under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), media said Wednesday.
“All the conditions in the Danish Extradition Act must be met in order for us to hand over a person for criminal prosecution abroad. After a careful review of the case, we have considered that this is not the case and therefore he has now been released,” State Prosecutor Sune Løvtrups said in a public statement.
Turkish government says that the accused holds a leading PKK position in Scandinavia and has been sought in 192 countries around the world on an Interpol Red Notice.