19 April 2012 /ABDULKADİR ARGILLI
The second indictment filed as part of an investigation into the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella group that encompasses the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), says the PKK’s jailed leader ended a 2004 cease-fire in an attempt to lay the groundwork for a military takeover.
In a 2010 interview with the Yeni Şafak daily, Öcalan’s former lawyer Ahmet Zeki Okçuoğlu said Öcalan supported the coup planned by Ergenekon, a clandestine organization allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. The interview has been added to the indictment. Okçuoğlu further said retired Gen. Çevik Bir, who is among the nine suspects who were arrested this week as part of a probe into the Feb. 28, 1997 military coup, met with Öcalan and convinced him to end the cease-fire. The PKK members were informed of Öcalan’s decision at an organizational meeting held in 2004.