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Finland not planning to review Turkey's extradition cases

Turkey previously asked Finland to re-evaluate the decision to reject six extradition requests.

Finland's Ministry of Justice. Image: Heikki saukkomaa / Lehtikuva
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The Ministry of Justice announced on Friday that it does not intend to reopen six extradition requests — previously rejected — that Turkey has called on Finland to re-evaluate.

According to the ministry, the six cases in question have been settled and the decisions are final.

In an email to Finnish news agency STT, Taina Neira — a ministry Senior Specialist in Legal Affairs — noted that there is no leave to appeal an extradition decision under the terms of Finland's Extradition Act.

"The reopening of the final decision could be considered if entirely new evidence were submitted that could have materially affected the decision. In the present request for reconsideration, no new evidence has been submitted," Neira wrote.

She added that Turkey has already been informed that the cases cannot be reopened, as they fall under the principle of ne bis in idem.

The ne bis in idem is a criminal law principle under which a judgement cannot be given about the same person twice using the same facts.

In other words, a Finnish court cannot reopen a case in which a final judgment has already been handed down.

In addition to the request to review the six cases, Turkey also submitted one new extradition request to Finland in August. Overall, Turkey has handed 11 extradition requests to Finland between 2019 and 2022, including the request submitted in August.

The Ministry of Justice's position on the six previously-decided requests was first reported (siirryt toiseen palveluun) by Helsingin Sanomat.

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