Donner approves extradition of PKK 'terrorist'

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7 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has decided to extradite Kurdish PKK leader Nuriye Kesbir to Turkey, where she is wanted on terrorist charges, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday.

7 September 2004

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has decided to extradite Kurdish PKK leader Nuriye Kesbir to Turkey, where she is wanted on terrorist charges, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday.

The Christian Democrat CDA minister has received an explicit guarantee from Turkey that Kesbir — the leader of the Kurdish independence movement's women's wing — will be given a fair trial that complies with international law.

The Dutch Supreme Court ruled on 7 May that Kesbir could be extradited to Turkey, but advised Donner — who had final say over the matter — to request specific guarantees from Turkey, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

The PPK waged a bloody paramilitary war against Turkey in the 1990s until its leader Abdullah Ocalan was captured. The PKK called a ceasefire and changed its name to Kongra-Gel. Armed clashes, however, have erupted in recent months between the group and Turkisk soldiers.

Kesbir's lawyer has said she will appeal against the minister's decision to extradite her and the Dutch judiciary has indicated she remain in the Netherlands while awaiting the outcome of her appeal for an injunction.

If the legal bid for an injunction fails, the final step will be to take the matter to the European Court of Human Rights.

Kesbir has staunchly fought her extradition, claiming that she will not receive a fair trial in Turkey. She also claims she will be jailed for life and will be subjected to torture.

She applied in vain for asylum in the Netherlands and the Council of State ruled on 23 July that former immigration minister Hilbrand Nawijn correctly refused the asylum request lodged by Kesbir in 2002.

Kesbir is accused of carrying out 25 attacks between 1993 and 1995 against Turkish citizens and soldiers in the Kurdish war of independence. She has denied the allegations.

Many Kurds have backed her in mass demonstrations and Kesbir went on a month-long hunger strike earlier this year in protest against her looming extradition.

The United Nations and Human Rights Watch have also expressed concerns about her fate. The UN in particular demanded that the Netherlands obtain rock-hard guaranties from Turkish authorities.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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