Turkish-Kurdish man charged in Germany of being a
member of PKK
May 31, 2012
BERLIN, Germany, — German prosecutors on
Thursday charged a Turkish-Kurdish man on suspicion
of being a member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers'
Party and taking part in guerrilla operations in
Kurdistan region in Iraq's north.
The federal prosecutors said in a statement they
indicted the 46-year-old, named only as Ali Ihsan
K., on charges of "belonging to the foreign
terrorist organization Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)".
K., who was arrested in October last year and has
since been held in custody, is suspected of acting
as the top recruitment agent in northern Germany
from May 2007 to September 2008.
"He was mainly responsible for collecting donations
and contributions for the PKK in his region," the
"In addition, he was in charge of making sure that
enough PKK members from his area of responsibility
attended events and demonstrations organized by the
group," they added.
They said the suspect travelled to PKK "guerrilla
units" in April 2008 where he stayed until September
of that year.
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Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.
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 as '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.
Germany banned the PKK organization since November
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