Belgian court to retry DHKP-C

Belgian court will begin retrying members of terrorist organization DHKP-C.

Belgian court to retry DHKP-C

Belgian court will begin retrying members of terrorist organization DHKP-C who were sentenced to imprisonment following a long judicial process in this country but later released due to "judicial errors".

A court in Anwers will set terms of this judicial process in its first hearing on Thursday.

The court will continue to hear the case continuously beginning on September 27th and announce its decision in 10 days the latest, sources said.

TRIAL PROCESS

On February 28th, 2006, the Criminal Court in Bruges sentenced ten members of the DHKP-C including Fehriye Erdal, Dursun Karatas, Musa Asoglu, Kaya Saz, Bahar Kimyongur, Zerrin Sari and Sukriye Akar Ozordulu to imprisonment, ranging from 4 years to 6 years for crimes they committed in Belgium.

The Gent Supreme Court of Appeals ratified and increased some of the sentences on November 7th, 2006.

While Asoglu, Saz, Ozordulu and Kimyongur were serving their imprisonment sentence at that time, Erdal, Karatas and Sari, who were kept under police surveillance, escaped two days before court decision.

Fehriye Erdal, one of the suspects of the killings of Turkish businessman Ozdemir Sabanci, Toyota-Sa DG Haluk Gorgun and his secretary Nilgun Hasefe, on January 9th, 1996, was arrested with a false passport in Belgium on September 26th, 1999.

The terrorists were tried of crimes like using false ID, carrying weapons and explosives, being a member of a terrorist organization, planning terrorist attacks and collecting money by force.

Bruges Court also qualified DHKP-C as a "terrorist organization".

COURT OF APPEALS SURPRISED

However, in April 2007, the Belgian Court of Appeals overturned the verdict of a lower court which triggered judicial and political upheavals in Belgium.

All DHKP-C terrorists, who were under arrest or convicted, were released following this decision. Court of Appeals's legal ground was "a judicial error".

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