Turkey: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any influence by the government of Turkey over the expulsion from several countries of individuals allegedly linked to the Gulen Movement; whether they intend to make representations to the government of Turkey about any such influence; and whether membership of the Gulen Movement is currently a ground for expulsion from the UK.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We are aware that the Turkish Government is actively seeking the extradition from third countries of alleged Gulenists. This is a matter between Turkey and the countries involved. We urge all concerned to observe international human rights obligations. The Gulen movement is not proscribed as a terrorist group in the UK so the issue of expulsion does not arise. We will consider extradition requests where there is evidence of criminal wrong-doing by an individual.

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