A Turkish request to extradite a prominent critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was thrown out of the Westminster Magistrates court in London on Wednesday.
Hamdi Akin Ipek is chairman of the Turkish conglomerate Koza-Ipek Group, whose media outlets were seized after the attempted coup d’etat against Erdogan’s government in 2016.
Ipek was arrested in the UK in May following an extradition request from Turkey.
District Judge John Zani rejected the extradition request on Wednesday, calling it “politically-motivated.”
In a statement to reporters outside court, Ipek said: “The Turkish government has waged a campaign of harassment and intimidation against me and my family, my employees for the last two years for no reason other than I am perceived as an opponent of the Erdogan regime.”
Following the decision, Turkey’s justice minister Abdulhamit Gul published a tweet calling the court’s decision a breach of international law.