A couple of days after Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov had a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Bulgarian authorities sent back Turkish national Selahattin Urun
While the interior ministry’s migration directorate refused to talk to Urun’s defence lawyer Valeria Ilareva, she nevertheless found out from third parties that her client had been deported to Turkey, the lawyer told www.segabg.com. Sofia’s Administrative Court is scheduled to hear Urun’s appeal on 29 September against a decision of the State Agency for Refugees refusing to grant him international protection.
The Turkish national has been returned to his country of origin on 18 September.
In accordance with the EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement,, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry said in a press release on Sunday. He was neither “expelled” nor “deported” to Turkey, the ministry added.
The 2016 EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement applies to third-country nationals from Pakistan and Syria for example, but not from Turkey.
It is absurd for the interior ministry to refer to this agreement when it comes to extradition of a Turkish national, which is obviously the case for Selahattin Urun, a former deputy head of the foreign ministry’s consular service told EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Urun’s case became public after Bulgarian MEP Ivo Hristov (Party of European Socialists) posted on Facebook that the man was handed over to the Turkish authorities even though he was to be released from prison on 18 September.
Bulgaria has been under fire for returning alleged supporters of the network of preacher Fetullah Gülen, considered by Ankara a terrorist organisation.
39-year-old Urun is an activist of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and is a former mayoral candidate for Uludere, the post said. (Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)