Turkish 'terror-crime' suspect arrested in Sweden: police

24th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Turkish man wanted by Belgian police on suspicion of "terror crimes" has been arrested in Sweden and is being held pending a decision on whether to extradite him to Belgium, Swedish Saepo security police said Sunday.

"He was arrested at Arlanda (Stockholm's international airport) on Friday by the border police. A European warrant had been issued for his arrest a long time ago by Belgium police," Saepo spokesman Patrik Peter told AFP.

The man, a Turkish citizen whose name was not given but who was reportedly 30 years old, "was remanded in custody yesterday (Saturday) ... He is suspected of terror crimes," Peter said, without providing further details.

"This is a Belgian investigation," he explained.

Swedish daily Aftonbladet meanwhile reported that the man was suspected of kidnapping and taking hostages.

Saepo planned to speak with the suspect on Monday to determine if he opposed extradition, and Peter said he expected the process to be launched quickly, although a court would have to rule whether the man could be sent to Belgium.

© 2010 AFP

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