Osman Aslan captured in Slovenia and threatened with extradition

Osman Aslan has been in extradition custody in Slovenia since June this year. He was arrested by police officers because of a Red Notice entry at Interpol. The Turkish regime uses this controversial instrument to be able to harass opposition members who have fled Turkey, even after decades.

Aslan is 50 years old and lives with his family in Bergkamen (NRW, Germany). The 50 year old Kurd has an unlimited residence permit. The permit threatens to expire because he has been in Slovenian detention for over six months now. Since his court hearing on July 30th, he has had to wait for a Slovenian court to examine the documents so he can finally return to Germany.

This is not the first case in which the Slovenian authorities have delayed such a process for months. Last year, Ismet Kilic from Duisburg was arrested and detained at the border. After 80 days and massive protests in Germany and Slovenia the persecuted unionist got released from extradition.

Anja Sommerfeld, member of the federal executive board of Rote Hilfe e.V.=:

Hardly a day goes by without reports of repression against opposition members and refugees from Turkey, even across the European Union. Once again we are dealing with a procedure in which the regime in Ankara exploits the means of Interpol searches to pursue and arrest those who think differently. Mr. Aslan has lived in Germany as a political refugee since 1994 and has a regular residence. The responsible authorities in both countries must deal with the matter immediately. The deportation of Mr Aslan to Turkey must be prevented, as he is threatened with political persecution and imprisonment there. He must be released from prison and be allowed to return to Germany.

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This entry was posted on Friday, October 30th, 2020 at 9:50 pm and is filed under Social Control.