Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj orders probe into Turkey extraditions

Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj orders probe into Turkey extraditions

Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj orders probe into Turkey extraditions

Haradinaj told reporters after an emergency meeting of his national security council on Saturday that he has dismissed interior minister Flamur Sefaj and intelligence chief Driton Gashi over their involvement in the operation. "I am informed by the competent authorities after the event that six citizens were deported today to Turkey on the grounds that they did not have a residence permit in Kosovo".

Erdogan had hit out at both Greece and the European Union for pressing for the return of two Greek soldiers that have been in Turkish custody since crossing the Turkish border a month ago, noting that Ankara is still awaiting the return of eight Turkish soldiers who fled an attempted coup nearly two years ago and are seeking asylum in Greece.

He also said he has ordered each institution involved to "fully engage in clarifying institutional responsibilities, possible constitutional and legal violations and immediately undertake comprehensive, detailed investigations".

He added that he was saddened by the sacking of the Kosovo interior minister and secret service chief.

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Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, on Saturday tweeted that six Turkish nationals who were arrested by Kosovar police on Thursday and apparently spirited out of the country by Turkish intelligence later in the day would face the risk of torture and abuse in Turkey.

Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency on Thursday claimed they were "senior members of FETO" and that the intelligence brought them on a private plane.

According to a statement from the White House, the two leaders discussed "regional developments and the strategic partnership" between the United States and Turkey.

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According to the KIA report the only reason why these Turkish nationals were deported was that while in Kosovo they were involved in "illegal actions" and according to the KIA "posed threat to national security" of Kosovo.

Relatives of the six had stayed at Pristina airport until the early hours of Saturday after rumors spread that they might still be in Kosovo. "We thought we were safe in Kosovo".

Children of top politicians in Kosovo, including President Hashim Thaci's son, go to Gulen schools.

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