Sunday 31 May 2020

Turkey jails human trafficker for crimes committed in the Netherlands

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom A Turkish national, who fled to Turkey after being convicted of human trafficking in the Netherlands, has been sentenced to seven years and nine months in jail by a Turkish court.

The court in Istanbul ruled that Baran should be jailed in Turkey for crimes committed in the Netherlands. Turkey does not extradite its own nationals and the decision to jail him there instead is the result of intense pressure from the Dutch public prosecution department, the Telegraaf reports.

Saban Baran fled the Netherlands while on prison leave to visit his new baby in 2009. At the time he was appealing against an eight year jail sentence for forcing over 100 women into prostitution, together with his brother.

Baran has been living as a free man in the seaside resort of Antalya, where he ran a discotheque, news agency ANP reported. He will remain out of jail pending an appeal, the Telegraaf says.

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