Kesbir wins battle against extradition to Turkey

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8 November 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The extradition of a senior member of the Kurdish militant group PKK to Turkey has been blocked by a Dutch Court because it said there were not sufficient guarantees she would be treated fairly.

8 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — The extradition of a senior member of the Kurdish militant group PKK to Turkey has been blocked by a Dutch Court because it said there were not sufficient guarantees she would be treated fairly.

Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) leader Kuriye Nesbir was granted an injunction by the court in The Hague against the Dutch State's decision to extradite her. She claimed she would be tortured and subjected to other violations of her rights in Turkey.

The PPK waged a bloody paramilitary war against Turkey in the 1990s and Kesbir is accused of various terrorist activities in which a large number of people were killed or wounded. She also allegedly trained women terrorists.

Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner ruled in September that Kesbir may be extradited, asserting that Turkey had guaranteed that she would be given a fair trial and that her rights would not be violated.

Donner's decision followed a Supreme Court ruling in May paving the way for Kesbir's extradition on the condition that she would be given a fair trial.

But the court in The Hague ruled on Monday that Minister Donner had only paid lip service to reports criticising the human rights situation in Turkey.

Kesbir was arrested in the Netherlands in September 2001 and applied for asylum that same year. Up until Monday, her ongoing legal battle to stay in the Netherlands had met with little courtroom success.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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