Sweden extradites suspected PKK member to Germany

AP News
Posted: Jul 08, 2016 9:35 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Sweden has extradited to Germany a Turkish national who's accused of being a senior member in Germany of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

The federal prosecutor's office said Friday that the 36-year-old man, identified only as Zeki E. in line with German privacy rules, was handed over to German authorities on Wednesday.

The suspect was arrested in Sweden April 13 on a German warrant.

The PKK, which wants greater autonomy for Kurds living in Turkey, is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union. Zeki E. is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization.

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Prosecutors say that he led local PKK branches in the western German city of Darmstadt, Berlin and then southern Germany earlier this decade.