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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
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Zarakolu, Ersanlı face terrorism charges in KCK indictment

RAGIP ZARAKOLU (L) , BÜŞRA ERSANLI (R) (PHOTOS: AA, CIHAN)
19 March 2012, Monday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Publisher Ragıp Zarakolu and Professor Büşra Ersanlı are facing lengthy prison terms on charges of leading and aiding a terrorist organization, according to an indictment sent to an İstanbul court on Friday.

Ersanlı, who was a member of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party's (BDP) constitutional commission, faces up to 22,5 years in jail for leading a terrorist organization, while the prosecutor is seeking up to 15 years for Zarakolu on charges of aiding a terrorist group.

Ersanlı and Zarakolu were arrested in November on terrorism charges as part of an investigation into the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella group that allegedly encompasses the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its affiliated organizations.

Specially authorized İstanbul Public Prosecutor Adnan Çimen, who is in charge of the investigation, sent the 2,400-page long indictment on the case to the 15th İstanbul High Criminal Court on Monday. The court is set to announce its decision on the admissibility of the indictment soon. A total of 147 out of 193 suspects who stand accused in the KCK indictment are currently behind bars.

Amnesty International sent a letter to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay last December calling for the release of Ersanlı and Zarakolu. Amnesty called on the authorities to prevent unfair prosecutions under anti-terrorism legislation by bringing the definition of terrorism in line with international standards and norms.

The indictment mentions incidents involving Molotov Cocktail attacks during campaigns for the June 12 parliamentary election. The chief defendant in the KCK trial is Kudbettin Yazbaşı, who stands accused of being a leading figure in the organization.

 
 
COMMENTS
No wonder why Turkey is... Turkey.No respect for human rights , no concern for others, only fanatical obsession with a Turkish nationalism that is running out of steam. Perhaps, in the long run this is better for every body to realize that the "Arab spring" could make a landing in Turkey too.
Hamasdegh
@Christoph, being a member of a political group and also being a member of the PKK constitues a terrorist. A political group can and does be responsible for acts of terrorism if that group is involved and has knowledge of acts of terrorism. Does this satisfy your concerns now as it seems your concer...
Senol
Hold your horses Christopher, right in the USA, any one who says HAMAS organisation is freedom fighter, will go to prison. So please, put your house in order first, then you can talk about your surprises in Turkey.
Nageyec
Turkey is a State that simply does not tolerate diversity of opinions. If the State controlled thoughts are not followed dilligently one is labelled a "terrorist". In the case of Zarakolu, the long list of intimidation and terror (talk about terror practice) stems from the Turkish state. This indivi...
J2
christoph, how about teaching bomb-making classes and inciting people to violence? Why do you lie? People have been thrown into Guantanamo Bay to be never seen again for much less. Let me ask you another question? As if spreading lies about the Turkish Republic of Cyprus wasn't enough, now you a...
GeneralSherman
Since when does belonging to a political group, however unpopular, constitute terrorism? What are the criminal acts these two are supposed to have commited? This case smacks of political rather than criminal charges-a Judge in the USA would throw the case out without much study. Very troubling.
Christoph
If these two are terorriest ,and I am not disputing that. for I have no way to know,I just want to say , if folks of this class and maturity are now terorriest ,then i can asure any one wants to know that Turkey is a country with a dark and tragic future..
Esfandyar
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