Seven of the former PKK militants were immediately released after being interrogated by gendarmes in Şırnak as they are minors. The other eight were referred to the Specially Authorized Diyarbakır Prosecutor's Office for further questioning.
The eight were later referred to a Diyarbakır court, which ruled in favor of their release after they requested the court apply Article 221 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), popularly known as the active repentance law. The article stipulates that terrorists who surrender to security forces will be released without punishment as long as they have not been involved in armed conflicts with security forces or terrorist attacks against Turkey. Furthermore, militants who have committed crimes may go unpunished if they provide accurate information about the PKK.