Bulgaria on Wednesday became the first EU member state to extradite a supporter of US-based cleric Fethullah G?len to Turkey after the latter had been denied political asylum in the last days of July. In theory, the move should not be called an “extradition”, of course: this is what authorities keep repeating, stressing it was no response to the existing request for Abdullah B?y?k coming from Ankara which has been demanding that he be sent back – a request that has already been rejected twice.
But it was an extradition. What happened violated both the letter and the spirit of the law to avoid - judging from the Prime Minister's words - angering third parties.
The businessman in his forties who had stayed for months in Bulgaria was first labelled by Bulgarian officials a man with fake documents, then a threat to national security and, subsequently, someone about whom police had “disturbing” information from various sources – Interpol included - to justify his handover to Turkish authorities, not to mention the rejected political asylum request....
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