77 suspects extradited to Turkey in 2012
Seventy-seven individuals who were suspects in criminal cases or who have been convicted of crimes were returned to Turkey as part of bilateral extradition agreements in 2012. Today`s Zaman reported
The number of individuals who were extradited by Turkey to other countries was seven in the same period. Only three out of the 77 individuals extradited to Turkey were terrorism suspects, while Turkey extradited one terror suspect.
Germany, France and Georgia were the countries extraditing the biggest number of suspects or convicts to Turkey, while Turkey's extraditions were mostly to Russia.
Turkey has been party to the European Convention on Extradition since 1959 and the European Convention on Suppression of Terrorism since 1980. In addition to these international agreements, Turkey has also ratified the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, but it has been unable to secure the return of a single suspect from Europe. Most of the inmates repatriated to Turkey are those who themselves would prefer to serve their time in Turkish prisons.
Turkey has long criticized EU countries for failing to take the necessary measures to prevent the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from operating on their soil.