Turkish Court Documents Indict “So-Called Kurds”

KCK case starts with ‘so-called Kurds’ controversy


VAN – Doğan News Agency

DHA photo

DHA photo

Van’s arrested mayor, Bekir Kaya, refused to issue a defense statement in court during the first hearing of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) trial to take place in the southeastern province of Van because the prosecutor called suspects “so-called Kurds” in indictment papers.

The 5th High Criminal Court began to try 13 suspects today, 10 of whom are under arrest, including Bekir Kaya.

A 720-page indictment was read aloud, but Kaya interrupted the reading and said he did not accept the indictment as it was a political document, not a legal indictment.

“It is like a leaflet of a political party. Along with it, the prosecutor who prepared the indictment used ‘so called Kurds’ as an expression. This step is out of line. I do not accept such an indictment, I demand it to be overturned and I will not talk from now on,” Kaya said.

The lawyers also demanded the court board drop the case but the court board refused accept any of the demands.

The vice head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party Sezgin Tanrıkulu attended the trial as an observer along with Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies Özdal Üçer and Pervin Buldan and Diyarbakır Mayor Osman Baydemir.

The legal case against the KCK, the alleged urban wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has been deadlocked as courts have rejected defendants’ demands to speak Kurdish when giving their defense.

Kaya, who was detained June 7 as part of the ongoing KCK probe, also joined the hunger strike Oct. 18, his lawyers announced.

Iraqi security forces arrest 250 Saudi-backed terrorists

Iraqi security forces arrest 250 Saudi-backed terrorists


File photo shows the scene of a blast near the holy shrine of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (PBUH) in Najaf.

 File photo shows the scene of a blast near the holy shrine of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (PBUH) in Najaf.
Iraqi security forces have arrested 250 Saudi-backed Wahhabi terrorists in Iraq, reports say.

The terrorists, who had been deployed to the Middle Euphrates region, were reportedly ordered to carry out armed operations in the Iraqi cities of Karbala, Najaf, and al-Diwaniyah.

According to the commander of the Iraqi forces, Saudi spy chief Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had allocated 250 million US dollars for the terrorist operations in Iraq.

The commander also said that Bandar bin Sultan had hired fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi to conduct terrorist attacks.

The terrorists confessed they had assassinated hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

Violence has increased in Iraq since December 2011, when an arrest warrant was issued for al-Hashemi, who has been charged with running a death squad targeting Iraqi officials and Shia Muslims.

Attack On Kurdish Leaders In Paris Apparently Turning-Out To Be Another Ergenekon Plot

Kurds point finger at Turkey as Paris murder plot thickens

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A woman cries as she takes part in a rally of thousands of persons, a majority of them Kurds people, on January 15, 2013 in Villiers-le-Bel. (AFP/JOEL Saget)

A woman cries as she takes part in a rally of thousands of persons, a majority of them Kurds people, on January 15, 2013 in Villiers-le-Bel. (AFP/JOEL Saget)

ANKARA: Kurdish organisations in France and Iraq on Wednesday claimed that the alleged killer of three female activists shot dead in Paris must have been a shadowy double agent working for Turkey.

Omer Guney, 30, was charged with the triple murder on Monday.

French authorities initially described him as an ethnic Kurd who had acted as an occasional driver for the most prominent victim, Sakine Cansiz, a co-founder of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Police sources said Guney himself had told them he had been a member of the PKK for two years, fuelling suspicions that the brutal murders had been the result of an internal feud in the organisation.

That was denied by the PKK while a Kurdish group in Paris said the alleged killer had faked his Kurdish identity to infiltrate the activist community in Paris from November 2011 onwards.

“After his arrest, we discovered that he was not Kurdish, as he had pretended, but was in fact a Turk from the Sivas region and the product of a family with links to the Turkish nationalist extreme right,” a statement from the Kurdish Information Centre in Paris said.

Judicial sources indicated that the French authorities continue to regard Guney as being Kurdish, having been born to a Kurdish father and a non-Kurdish mother. He was born in Sarkisla, an ethnically mixed town in the Sivas region.

A PKK leader said there was no way Guney could have been a member of the group, which is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey and its allies and defended as a national liberation movement by its supporters.

“The allegations on the suspect’s ties with the PKK do not reflect the truth,” Murat Karayilan, who heads the PKK in the absence of its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan, told the pro-Kurdish Firat news agency at his base in northern Iraq.

“It is not that easy to be a member of the PKK in two years,” Karayilan said.

“PKK does not accept members from Europe in this way. The mentioned person is not a member of our movement and he is not known by our side or by our executives in Europe.”

The rebel leader said he had no doubt Turkey was involved in the killing and that Ankara was well known for infiltrating agents into the Kurdish movement.

The killings came against a background of tentative peace talks between Turkey and jailed PKK leader Ocalan aimed at ending three decades of conflict which have claimed 45,000 lives.

Turkey has suggested that the murders bore the hallmarks of an internal feud within the PKK between opponents and supporters of the negotiations with Turkey.

Speaking to parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rubbished suggestions his government was in any way involved.

“Those that blame the Turkish government and state for this incident will be forced to apologise once light has been shed on what happened,” he said.

Kurdish groups have accused Turkey of involvement since the women’s bodies were discovered in the early hours of January 10.

French police have insisted all possible motives are being examined, including a personal dispute and a possible link to extortion rackets used to raise funds for the PKK.