Turkey's intelligence MIT chief set to
testify in Ankara over contacts with PKK-KCK
By ekurd.net staff writers
Turkish prosecutor orders arrest of 4 spy agency
ISTANBUL, — Turkey's national
intelligence agency has snubbed a request from an
Istanbul prosecutor to testify in the ongoing
investigation into the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK)
on behalf of contacts with the rebel Kurdistan
Workers' Party (PKK), media reports said Friday.
Hakan Fidan, head of the National Intelligence
Organisation (MIT), was summoned to testify Thursday
together with two other former officials, while
obtaining capture warrants for four other MİT
officials, Todays Zaman reported.
But the agency sent a statement to the prosecutor's
office saying that under MIT rules the prime
minister's office must approve any request for
cooperation with an investigation, private NTV
Reports say police are also searching homes in
Ankara for four former MIT officials, for whom
arrest warrants were issued.
Sources say new evidence in the KCK probe --
including testimonies from suspects and witnesses as
well as letters exchanged between senior KCK members
and PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan,www.ekurd.net
which prosecutors say were used for relaying orders
for attacks -- has led to the three men being
summoned. In addition, individuals recently arrested
in connection with the KCK probe were MİT agents and
information provided by these individuals was also
taken into consideration. The prosecution suspects
that some of these agents might have crossed sides
and collaborated with the KCK.
Reports claim that according to documents in the
case file the KCK was actually founded under MİT
oversight. It has also been alleged that orders for
some of the KCK's attacks were given from sources
inside the MİT. Todays Zaman reported.
Fidan, who was appointed by Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, held secret talks in Oslo with the
PKK in 2010.
Recordings of the talks were leaked in the media
last year, sparking opposition ire and sending
shockwaves through a public accustomed to Ankara's
long-standing blanket refusal to talk to the PKK.
But the talks failed, and fighting between Turkey's
military and Kurdish rebels has escalated.
In recent months, the government has also stepped up
pressure on alleged rebel sympathisers.
The drive is part of a crackdown on the banned
Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), the suspected
political wing of the PKK. Fidan and two other MIT
officials planned to testify as part of an ongoing
probe into the KCK.
Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been
fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the
constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a
Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous
and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who
constitute the greatest minority in Turkey,
numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's
Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.
PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees,
lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the
way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within
Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader
Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against
the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population
as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural
rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish
language and private Kurdish language courses with
the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish
politicians say the measures fall short of their
The PKK is considered ass 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the
blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which
overturned a decision
to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its
political wing on the European Union's terror list.
Sources: AFP | todayszaman.com | ekurd.net | Agencies
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