Vicdan Ozerdem case

Croatia's Supreme Court refuses to extradite Turkish reporter

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Croatia's Supreme Court has rejected the extradition of Turkish journalist Vicdan Ozerdem to Turkey which has charged her with terrorism, a Croatian nongovernmental organisation called the Centre for Peace Studies said in a statement on Tuesday, calling a news conference on this matter for this afternoon.

Vicdan Ozerdem, who has been granted refugee status in Germany, was arrested in Metkovic, southern Croatia, in late July while travelling from Germany for summer holidays.

According to the NGO, the Dubrovnik County Court has been notified of the Supreme Court's decision.

The Supreme Court has overturned the county court's ruling that prerequisites have been met for the Turkish reporter's extradition to Turkey.

Upon her arrest at the Bosnian-Croatian border crossing, Oezerdem was remanded in extradition custody but was later released due to poor health. The Dubrovnik County Court said then that the detention order was replaced with precautionary measures which include the order that the journalist must not leave her current place of stay and must report to the police twice a week. Oezerdem's passport was seized by the police.

According to the Supreme Court ruling, Oezerdem will be given her passport back so she can travel back to her family in Mainz, Germany.

Civil society activists say they learned from their conversation with the journalist and available documentation that she had been arrested in Turkey for participating in protests against government repression and for freedom of speech, and that she had been subjected to torture for years while serving her prison sentence.

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