Three PKK sympathizers given 19 years in jail by British court

June 04, 2012, Monday/ 14:59:00

A British court has sentenced three sympathizers of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to a total of 19 years in prison for attacking Turkish establishments including a newspaper building, mosques and offices in London with Molotov cocktails.

The attacks took place in December of last year in the Haringey district of northern London where a large number of Turks live.

The trial of the three women, Dilek Dağ, Altın Yadırgı and Dilan Eroğlu, began on Jan. 4. In the last hearing of the case, held last week, the Woolwich Crown Court sentenced Dağ and Yadırgı to six years, eight months in jail each and Eroğlu to six years' imprisonment for staging attacks against the non-Kurdish community and for being sympathizers of the PKK.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has been waging a bloody war in Turkey's Southeast since 1984. These battles have claimed the lives of around 40,000 people so far.

The London office of the Zaman daily was one of the targets of the Molotov cocktail attacks. Anti-terrorism units from the London Metropolitan Police identified the suspects by examining footage from closed circuit cameras around the city and subsequently arrested them on Jan. 2.

Media claims had suggested that it was either the extreme-rightist English Defense League or the PKK who were behind the attacks.

In Turkey, the Diyarbakır 4th High Criminal Court meted out the maximum sentence to the perpetrator of similar Molotov cocktail attacks last Friday. The suspect, who was identified only by the initials Ş.G., was sentenced to 28 years, seven months in prison for possessing explosive substances and causing damage to property through Molotov cocktail attacks at five banks.

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