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Spain declines to extradite Swedish-Turkish journalist

The Spanish government has declined to extradite Hamza Yalcin, a Swedish-Turkish journalist, to Turkey despite Turkey's assertion he was guilty of terrorist-related crimes. Spain said Yalcin, a political exile, should go free because Sweden had granted him refugee status. He had been arrested on 3 August on a Turkish Interpol request. Dogan Akhnali, a Turkish dissident whom Spain also detained on Turkey's say-so, is still awaiting his extradition decision.

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