World Bulletin/News Desk
An Istanbul court on Tuesday released all of the 14 suspects in custody in the trial into the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) -- which prosecutors say is a political umbrella organization that includes the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) organization -- pending trial.
The court's decision came after Prosecutor Murat Inam asked the court to release all of the suspects pending trial. The prosecutor also requested the court rule the case outside of its jurisdiction and send the case file to authorities in Ankara, where, he said, the crimes were committed. The prosecutor also requested the suspects be kept under supervision outside of jail.
The case concerns 21 suspects, 14 of whom were detained and sent to prison pending trial in 2012, including former pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Fatma Kurtulan. In the indictment, prosecutors demanded 15 to 22 years and six months in prison for each suspect.
The case is being heard by the Istanbul 22nd High Criminal Court and is separate from what is known as the main KCK trial, which is being heard by the Diyarbakır 6th High Criminal Court.
The KCK investigation started in December 2009, and a large number of Kurdish politicians, including several mayors from the BDP, have been detained.
The suspects are accused of various crimes, including membership in a “terrorist organization,” aiding and abetting a “terrorist organization” and attempting to destroy the country's unity and integrity.Last Mod: 01 Mayıs 2013, 10:19