Austria accepts Sezgin Baran Korkmaz’s extradition request to the USA
Austrian judicial authorities accepted the US request for the extradition of Sezgin Baran Korkmaz.
The court had previously decided to extradite Korkmaz to Turkey. However, the final decision was not made for the return process.
Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, who was accused of “money laundering, tax evasion and defrauding the US authorities” by the USA, came to the fore with Sedat Peker’s confessions.
According to the news of Deutsche Welle Turkish, eyes are now on the Austrian Ministry of Justice. The Ministry will decide whether to extradite Korkmaz to Turkey or the United States.
Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, the owner of SBK Holding, was detained and arrested in Austria on June 19, at the request of the United States, on charges of “conspiring to launder money and making false statements and statements to official authorities” according to the US criminal laws.
An investigation was launched against Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, for whom the USA requested extradition, on suspicion of “money laundering in the investigations of the accounts of six companies belonging to SBK Holding” in Turkey.
While Turkey was making an extradition request, the Austrian Wels Court decided on 25 August to extradite Sezgin Baran Korkmaz to Turkey, with the view that the request complied with the Austrian Extradition Law.
On the one hand, the Austrian Wels Court, which examined the extradition application of the USA, gave its decision regarding this request, taking into account the additional files sent by the USA. The court accepted the USA’s extradition request with the view that it complies with the Austrian Extradition Law. In this case, the Austrian Ministry of Justice will decide to which country Sezgin Baran Korkmaz will be extradited. The ministry is expected to make its decision in the first week of February.
“Minister Suleyman Soylu warned,” he said.
Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, who went abroad and never returned after a money-laundering investigation was launched in Turkey, was arrested in Austria in June.
Sedat Peker, who had an arrest warrant on the grounds that he was the leader of an organized crime organization, claimed that Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, who he said seized the Paramount Hotel with fraud and blackmail, fled Turkey “with the warning” of Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.