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Albanian court jails Turkish asylum seeker over fake visa

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An Albanian court in Tirana has sentenced Turkish national Selami Şimşek to one year in prison for attempting to cross the Albanian border with a fake Canadian visa, Albania’s exit news website reported.

Şimşek was arrested at Rinas International Airport by Albanian authorities in July 2018, along with Harun Çelik, who was recently deported 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.

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

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