Three suspected KCK members released

March 03, 2014, Monday/ 18:33:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Three suspects who were arrested in a court case involving the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) were released pending trial on Monday.

As a result of simultaneous operations in several cities against the KCK, an umbrella organization that includes the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), many suspects were detained in December 2011.

Sibel Güler, Dilek Demiral and Ayşe Oyman were released pending trial at a hearing in the KCK case, in which dozens of people face charges of aiding and abetting the terrorist organization or being a member of it. None of the defendants attended the hearing.

The İstanbul 15th High Criminal Court ruled to release the three but dismissed lawyers' calls for the release of the remaining defendants in the case. The court also ordered the arrest of two others.

The court also said that an expert opinion is required to evaluate claims by defendant Mehmet Emin Yıldırım that voice recordings in which he is heard were transcribed poorly.

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