State wants return of compensation from families of PKK victims

A PKK attack on a minibus in Kuşadası claimed the lives of five people including two tourists in 2005.

State wants return of compensation from families of PKK victims

World Bulletin / News Desk

If their objections are not accepted, families of three victims of a PKK attack that took place in the Kuşadası district of Aydın in 2005 will have to return to the state TL 70,000 in compensation they each had received.

A PKK attack on a minibus in Kuşadası claimed the lives of five people including two tourists in 2005.

Families of the three Turkish victims, Deniz Tulum, Ufuk Yücedeniz and Eda Okyay, were given TL 70,000 in compensation each due to negligence on the part of the state.

Following an objection by the Interior Ministry, the Council of State annulled the court decision under which compensation was paid to the victims' families on the grounds that there was no negligence in the incident on the part of the state.

Notified about the high court's ruling, families of the victims said they were shocked as they have been asked to return the TL 70,000 compensation they received, with interest.

Tulum's mother, Sevim Tulum, expressed outrage over the decision. “I don't want even a penny. If the state has no negligence, then it should bring my daughter back,” she said.

The father of another victim of the 2005 attack, Azmi Okyay, said the court's decision led to great disappointment among his family members.

Okyay said they had to use some of the money, adding: “We lost our children to terrorism. The state paid us compensation, which will never alleviate our pain. Now the state is trying to get the money back as if our children died due to our mistake.”

The father of Yücedeniz, Hüseyin Yücedeniz also expressed disappointment with the court ruling. He said he would use the money for the construction of a hospital room that bears the name of his son.

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