Return to Site
Oct 13, 9:36 AM EDT

Spain drops extradition of Turkish-German writer to Turkey

Photo Gallery
Plane crash in Madrid
Latest News
The Latest: Barcelona protesters demand activists' release

F-18 military jet crashes outside of Madrid, killing pilot

The Latest: Pilot killed in military jet crash near Madrid

Alleged IS female recruiter arrested in Spain with FBI help

Portugal wildfires kill at least 32; 4 dead in Spain

MADRID (AP) -- Spain's government says that a Turkish-born writer, who has German citizenship, won't be extradited to Turkey for his alleged involvement with an outlawed group.

German authorities and rights groups protested after Dogan Akhanly was arrested in August while vacationing in southern Spain on a Turkish warrant.

He was later released but ordered to remain in Madrid while the extradition request was considered.

Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday that the government halted the process on the same grounds for releasing Turkish-Swedish writer Hamza Yalcin last month - because under Spanish laws refugees can't be extradited.

Akhanly has written about the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey in 1915. The killings are a sensitive subject in Turkey, which rejects the widespread view that they constituted genocide.

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.