“I don’t recall ever killing a fly or an ant,” he told Digi24 news channel. “Unfortunately, I am accused of terrorism.” He said Romanian authorities had followed legal procedures following Turkey’s request to extradite him.
Zaman’s edition in Turkey was shut down by the government after the failed coup, in which Gulen denies involvement.
Zaman, critical of Erdogan, now has editions in Romania and Bulgaria. Zaman Romania said Demirkaya has lived in Romania for two years with his wife and son, “writing about the abuses of power in Ankara.”
Cristian Preda, an independent Romanian lawmaker in the European Parliament, called on the justice minister to halt the extradition process, saying Romania had “international commitments not to extradite citizens to countries where human rights are endangered.”
“Turkey is one such country,” Preda said in a statement, adding that if the government extradites Demirkaya “it (will be) disqualified all over the European Union.”