World Bulletin/News Desk
An İstanbul prosecutor has finished preparing an indictment for the suspects who are being investigated as part of a probe into the far left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C).
Prosecutor İdris Kurt submitted the indictment to an İstanbul high criminal court earlier this week. The indictment seeks up to 20 years in prison for 30 suspects. The suspects are accused of membership in a terrorist organization and disseminating the propaganda of the organization.
In January, nearly 100 suspects were detained when police launched a major crackdown on the DHKP/C. Police raided numerous houses and offices of suspected members of the DHKP/C in several cities, including İstanbul, Ankara and İzmir. Fifty-five of the suspects were arrested pending trial.
The İstanbul 23th High Criminal Court has two weeks to examine the indictment. The court will either accept the indictment or send it back to the prosecutor for review. The indictment has 20 folders of evidence.
The testimonies to the prosecutor of the fathers of two suspects investigating the DHKP/C were also included in the indictment. In their testimonies, the fathers of Duygu Yücelin and Berk Ercan claimed that the group had "deceived" their children to make them their members.
According to the indictment, the headquarters of the DHKP/C is in İstanbul's Okmeydanı neighborhood. The three-floor building is protected by 11 steel doors. The steel doors made it very difficult for police officers to enter the building to conduct a search during the operation.
While police officers worked to enter the building, some DHKP/C members managed to destroy several pages of documents belonging to the organization that they had inside.
Among the 55 arrested members of the DHKP/C are nine are lawyers affiliated with the Contemporary Lawyers' Association (ÇHD). An investigation into the lawyers is ongoing, so they are not included in the indictment. The lawyers are reportedly being held on accusations that they were receiving messages and orders from jailed leaders of the DHKP/C.Last Mod: 10 Mayıs 2013, 12:03