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Sweden's Prosecutor General's Office has sent a statement to the Supreme Court that two Turkish nationals in the kingdom, whose extradition was demanded by Ankara, cannot be expelled, the newspaper Expressen reported.

Turkey has a number of requirements for the ratification of Sweden's application for NATO membership. One of them is the extradition of refugees in the northern country, whom Ankara accuses of terrorism. Representatives of the two countries met Oct. 5 to discuss the application, where the Turkish side reiterated the demand to deport a number of specific individuals who had received protection from Stockholm. This included two men suspected of being linked to the Fethullah Gulen movement, which was accused of attempting a coup in the summer of 2016.

One of the men lives in the province of Dalarna, having been granted refugee status and a permanent residence permit. He denies his guilt - using the mobile app Bylock as part of a communication network in the Gulen movement and participating in meetings of his organization. According to the Swedish prosecutor's office, the actions of which this person is accused are not criminal under the law of the kingdom. In addition, he faces prosecution if he returns to Turkey because he is attributed opposition political views there.

Given the obstacles to extradition, a hearing before the Supreme Court is not required, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

The second man, who has a three-year residence permit and refugee status in Sweden, lives in the Stockholm area. He was convicted in 2016 in Turkey for membership in an armed terrorist organization, but also denies the offense of using Bylock. The Swedish attorney general's office said that it is not a crime in Sweden, even if the application is linked to a certain organization. In addition, the convict risks prosecution because Turkish authorities see him as a supporter of the Gulen movement.

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