Austrian PM slams Turkey for human rights violations

Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz spoke of the state of human rights in Turkey as the country seeks to extradite Turkish businessman Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, news website T24 reported on Thursday.

The grave state of human rights in Turkey cannot be tolerated, Kurz said ahead of the European Union leaders summit.

Turkey demands the extradition of Korkmaz for the businessman to face the courts in Turkey, while charges of money laundering and fraud have been filed against him in United States as well.

Korkmaz was arrested in Austria on Saturday and remains under arrest upon the United States’ request, waiting for the resolution of Washington’s and Ankara’s extradition requests. Speaking to a local news website, the businessman said he had no control over where he faced trial. “Of course I want to return to my country,” Yolculuk Haber cited him as saying.

As the EU prepares to allocate another 3.5 billion euros to Turkey in a renewed refugee deal, as reported by Deutsche Welle, Kurz said countries hosting refugees must be supported. “We want refugees to stay in neighbouring countries, and to prevent them from coming to Europe,” the chancellor said.

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