Turkey to send ISIS members back to Europe

Turkey will send captured Daesh [ISIS] members back to Europe, where they came from, said the Turkish interior minister on Tuesday.

Suleyman Soylu criticized Belgium officials’ suggestion that trials of ISIS members should be where the crimes were committed.

“No matter what they [Europeans] do,” Turkey is preparing to send ISIS members back to where they came from, Soylu said.

“Why didn’t you extradite Fehriye Erdal if the trial should occur where the crime was committed?

“Europe is applying double standards, as it has always done,” he added.

DHKP-C terrorist Erdal and two of her associates murdered one of the most prominent business figures in Turkey, Ozdemir Sabanci of Sabanci Holding — Turkey’s leading financial conglomerate and one of the leading industrial groups — senior executive Haluk Gorgun and secretary Nilgun Hasefe in a brazen attack in 1996 at the Sabanci Center, at the holding’s main headquarters in Istanbul.

Erdal fled Turkey following the murder and it was in 1999 when she resurfaced in Belgium’s Knokke city with a fake passport. She was handed a 15-year prison sentence by a Turkish court in a trial heard in absentia.

Belgium rejected Ankara’s extradition request for Erdal as the death penalty was still in force in Turkey back then. Erdal’s request for political asylum was also rejected by Belgium.

In 2016, a Brussels criminal court ruled that Erdal should be tried in Belgium over crimes she had committed in Turkey. A Belgian prosecutor sought a 30-year aggravated prison sentence for Erdal and an additional security precaution of 15 years. The criminal court reached a verdict in 2017 in absentia, handing Erdal a 15-year sentence for her crimes committed in Turkey.

Soylu also said ISIS ringleader al-Baghdadi’s sister and her husband were captured by Turkey in Azaz district of Aleppo city in northwestern Syria on Monday.

He added that the necessary investigations are being carried out in Azaz.