According to the prosecution, the group worked as the diplomatic wing of the PKK and tried to gather international support for the terrorist group. Last week security forces conducted operations against the KCK in several cities, targeting the urban structure of the PKK. During the operations, more than 50 people, among them the deputy chairpersons of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), were arrested. The DTP claimed that the real aim of the operation was to weaken the party itself.
The first hearing of the case against the Kurdish Parliament in Exile will take place on April 28. In its indictment, the prosecution demands 15 to 22 years in prison for 31 suspects, including Zübeyir Aydar, Remzi Kartal, Yaşar Kaya and Necdet Buldan, on charges of establishing and ruling an armed organization.
The Kurdish Parliament in Exile was established in on April 12, 1995, in The Hague with the participation of almost 400 delegates from different Kurdish organizations, under the leadership of Yaşar Kaya, former chairman of the Democracy Party (DEP), which was closed down in 1994. The Kurdish Parliament in Exile was established after the DEP was closed and its deputies were stripped of their immunity. Some of its deputies, such as Leyla Zana and Ahmet Türk, now chairman of the DTP, were put on trial and imprisoned, but some of them participated in the Kurdish Parliament in Exile.
The court decision that convicted PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, who is imprisoned on the island of İmrali in the Sea of Marmara, also refers to the Kurdish Parliament in Exile, suggesting that the group was established on Öcalan’s orders to function as a diplomatic front for the PKK.
The indictment that was prepared against the Kurdish Parliament in Exile claimed that the group was supported by the Kurdistan Independent Women Movement, the Kurdistan Patriotic Intellectuals Union, the Kurdistan Islamic Movements and the Kurdistan Alevi Unions.
After last week’s security operations, similar organizations were mentioned as the urban branches of the PKK within a similar organizational structure.
“The so-called parliament, since its establishment in accordance with the orders of terrorist leader Öcalan, became the diplomatic spokesperson of the PKK. It used to mask the terrorist facilities of the PKK and was an important tool for gathering international support for it,” the indictment claimed.
The indictment also noted that the group held meetings in The Hague, Vienna, Moscow, Copenhagen, Rome, Oslo and Brussels more than nine times.