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Greece to extradite ‘terrorist’

A Turkish man, arrested in northern Greece for smuggling illegal immigrants into the country, is to be extradited to Germany where he faces terrorism charges, according to a decision by a Thracian court yesterday. Sinan Bozkurt, 30, a German passport-holder, has already been given a one-year sentence for migrant smuggling following his March 31 arrest near Drama while transporting three Turkish illegal immigrants in his car. Police soon realized that Bozkurt was wanted in Germany for alleged involvement in the Dev Sol Turkish militant group during the 1990s, and in a terrorist attack in which one person died. Dev Sol evolved into the Turkish Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), a number of whose suspected members were arrested throughout Europe around the time of Buzkurt’s detention. Athens said Bozkurt’s arrest was not connected with the general crackdown. Yesterday, Thrace’s council of appeals court judges ruled that Bozkurt should be extradited to Germany. He appealed, and the matter is to be re-examined by the Supreme Court.