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Serbia to extradite fugitive Hizbullah member to Turkey

04. May 2011. | 10:42

Source: Today's Zaman

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic on Monday said his country will extradite fugitive Hizbullah member Aydın Tamak to Turkey after Serbia completes questioning him.

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic on Monday said his country will extradite fugitive Hizbullah member Aydın Tamak to Turkey after Serbia completes questioning him.

Tamak, who was released this January pending trial after a new law went into effect that introduced limits to prison terms, was later sentenced to life in prison by the 9th Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals in late January.

Tamak was captured in a cargo truck at the Hungarian-Serbian border trying to flee to Germany after Ankara asked all countries the truck could possibly pass through to be on alert. Turkey was able to identify the cargo truck in which Tamak was trying to escape only after the vehicle left Turkey. Serbian police raided the truck at the border and found Tamak along with a Turkish man, whose identity has not been released.

Dacic told reporters that Turkey has confirmed the person Serbia captured is Tamak after Serbia sent information and fingerprints identifying the fugitive to Turkey. The interior minister stressed that Tamak will be extradited to Turkey after Serbia completes questioning him.

The Turkish citizen accompanying Tamak and the driver of the cargo truck are also being questioned and stand accused of human trafficking.

The Serbian Interior Ministry also delivered images and recordings of the operation in which Tamak was captured.

Ten Hizbullah defendants stand accused of 188 deaths, including those of writer Konca Kuriş and former Democracy Party (DEP) deputy Mehmet Sincar. They were sentenced to life in prison on Dec. 30, 2009 in a verdict that came out of the main Hizbullah trial, which had been going on for 10 years on charges of attempting to bring down the constitutional regime and replace it with an Islamic theocracy.

The Hizbullah members appealed the ruling, but Article 102 of the new Code on Criminal Procedure (CMK), which limits the arrest period to 10 years for cases where the first instance or appeals process has not been completed, took effect on Jan. 1, resulting in the release of the Hizbullah terrorists.


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