From: Exit Staff
Albanian Court Sentences ‘Gulenist’ Asylum Seeker to One Year in Prison

The Court of Tirana sentenced Turkish citizen Selami Simsek to one year in prison for attempting to pass the Albanian border with a fake Canadian visa.

Simsek was arrested at Rinas airport by Albanian authorities in July 2018, along with Harun Celik who was recently deported back to Turkey without being able to appeal the decision and despite asking for asylum.

The action was condemned by the Council of Europe and the EU as potentially violating a number of human rights and extradition conventions, as well as Albanian law.

Simsek filed an asylum request recently, in which he describes how his life in Turkey is at risk.