Turkey may interrogate Öcalan in intra-PKK assassinations case

“[The deputies] will be going to all provinces to meet with the families of PKK victims and of terrorists who have been killed, Üstün said.

Turkey may interrogate Öcalan in intra-PKK assassinations case

A parliamentary commission investigating intra-organization killings carried out by the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) may interrogate jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan if needed, Ayhan Sefer Üstün, the head of Parliament's Human Rights Investigation Commission, told the Bugün daily Tuesday.

The Human Rights Investigation Commission's sub-commission on the Violation of Human Rights in Terrorism and Violent Incidents has previously listened to Kurdish politicians, intellectuals and families of PKK militants. The sub-commission wants to complete its work before Parliament enters its summer break, said Üstün.

He added that Öcalan, who has been serving a life sentence in an island prison in the Marmara Sea in solitary confinement since his capture in Kenya in 1999, or Şemdin Sakık, a PKK leader who was captured in an operation near the city of Arbil in northern Iraq on April 13, 1998, may be interrogated if needed. “Others serving life sentences in jail may also be questioned,” said Üstün.

Üstün said the sub-commission is made up of deputies from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). He added that all members of the sub-commission are working efficiently at the local level to complete the commission's report.

“[The deputies] will be going to all provinces to meet with the families of PKK victims and of terrorists who have been killed. We are aiming to complete the work of this sub-commission before Parliament enters its summer break. People are waiting for this commission to announce its report. Through our investigation, we intend to expose all violations of the right to life in last 30 years with regards to terrorist organizations, particularly the PKK,” said Üstün.

He added that it remains unknown how many people have been killed in terrorist attacks in Turkey; however, the estimate will be narrowed by a report the commission intends to produce when it completes its work.

Speaking before the parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Commission in January, İbrahim Güçlü, a Kurdish politician and founder of the Rights and Freedoms Party (HAK-PAR), expressed his views on the PKK and on the Kurdish issue and submitted a report that lists intra-organization killings by the PKK to prevent the voice of internal opposition from speaking out. The report named 25 high-level PKK members who were killed before the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup.

Güçlü said the PKK has killed many of its militants and sympathizers and accused them of betraying the organization or being an agent of the Turkish government. The Kurdish politician said many of these killings were conducted under orders by the PKK leader, Öcalan.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Şubat 2012, 17:37
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