200 defendants on trial released in 2 months in Turkey

Two hundred individuals who had been arrested on charges of membership in the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) have been released in the past two months pending the conclusion of their trials.

200 defendants on trial released in 2 months in Turkey

World Bulletin/News Desk

Two hundred individuals who had been arrested on charges of membership in the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), which prosecutors say is an umbrella organization that encompasses the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and other affiliated groups, have been released in the past two months pending the conclusion of their trials.

These defendants are standing trial in the KCK case being heard by high criminal courts in Diyarbakır, İstanbul, İzmir, Van, Erzurum and Ankara. None of the KCK defendants on trial in İzmir, Van, Erzurum and Adana remains in jail.

Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) administrators Abdullah Okur and İhsan Zengin were among the six KCK defendants released by an Adana court this week in the latest wave of releases.

The investigation into the KCK started in 2009 and a large number of suspected KCK members, including several mayors from the BDP, have been detained.

The defendants stand accused of various crimes, including membership to, aiding and abetting a “terrorist” organization, and attempting to destroy the country's unity and integrity.

The KCK is also allegedly an attempt to create an independent state within Turkish territory.

Europol: PKK activities in Europe continue

Europol, the EU police department, based in The Hague, has stated that the PKK continued last year to generate funds, conduct propaganda-related activities and recruit new members in Europe.

In its 2013 report on terrorism in Europe, Europol said that the PKK and its affiliated organizations did not carry out an attack in Europe last year but that the organization's other activities continued.

The report said that a total of 77 suspected PKK members were arrested on charges in the Netherlands, France, Italy and Denmark.

The report also said that the PKK increased its attacks on schools and teachers in Turkey.

Last Mod: 27 Nisan 2013, 11:16
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