Greece extradites suspected Turkish extremist

10th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Greek court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a suspected member of a Turkish Marxist rebel group wanted in Germany on charges related to terrorism.

The court in the northern city of Thessaloniki ordered Gulaferit Unsal, 42, the suspected leader of the extreme left-wing group DHKP-C extradited to Germany but released another suspect who had been arrested with her.

The two were detained during a night raid on their Thessaloniki home in July, following suspicions that they were involved in arms trafficking, according to a local police source.

The DHKP-C, which says it wants to install a Marxist regime in Turkey, has been branded a terrorist organisation by Turkey and the European Union. Its attacks have claimed dozens of lives since 1976.

The group is believed to have activists based in several European countries, including Germany.

Unsal told the court she had been a founder member of a civil servants union in Turkey and was jailed there for her union work. She had sought political asylum in Germany in 1999 but left that country 10 years ago.

She told the court the extradition request from Germany was "absurd" and the intention was to expel her from Germany to Turkey.

© 2011 AFP

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