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Sweden’s top court blocks extradition of journalist sought by Turkey

Though Ankara has an ever-growing list of extradition demands for Sweden, journalist Bulent Kenes was the only one explicitly named as a condition for Turkey’s ratification of the NATO’s Nordic expansion. 
Turkish exiled journalist Bulent Kenes poses for a photographer in Stockholm, Sweden on Dec. 19, 2022.

In a move that may harden Turkey’s position over NATO’s Nordic enlargement, on Monday Sweden's Supreme Court blocked the extradition of a journalist whose return was requested by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

Bulent Kenes, the former editor-in-chief of Today’s Zaman, was explicitly mentioned by Erdogan when he met with Sweden’s newish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson in Ankara last month. “The extradition of this person is very important for us,” Erdogan told Kristersson. 

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