UK high court refuses Turkey extradition due to overcrowded prisons

Judge says prison numbers since attempted coup means guards may not be able to assert control

The high court in London has refused to return an absconding British prisoner to Turkey on the grounds that the country’s jails are so overcrowded they are unsafe following the 2016 attempted coup.

The decision – the latest in a series of extradition setbacks inflicted by British judges – is diplomatically embarrassing for a fellow member of Nato and sets a significant legal precedent.

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