UK woman found guilty of PKK terror offenses

A UK judge has branded Silhan Ozcelik 'stupid and dishonest' over her abortive plan to leave Britain and join PKK

UK woman found guilty of PKK terror offenses

World Bulletin / News Desk

An 18-year-old woman with Kurdish roots has become the first person in Britain to be convicted of joining the PKK.

Silhan Ozcelik was found guilty of preparing terrorist acts after she ran away from her family in an attempt to join the organisation, which Britain has listed as a terrorist group since 2001.

She told the court during her trial at the Old Bailey Criminal Court in central London that she had left to pursue a boyfriend in Brussels, but on Friday a judge told her she had been "stupid, feckless and deeply dishonest" and jailed her for 21 months.

The court was told Ozcelik had left her London home in October 2014 when she was aged 17, leaving behind letters and a 25-minute video message telling her family she was going to join the terrorist group.

Ozcelik, a British citizen whose family have Kurdish roots, left London on a train to Brussels on Oct. 27, 2014. She told the court she had arranged to elope because her family would have disapproved of the match, and that she decided to return to Britain on Jan. 16, 2015 because she ended up doing domestic chores.

The jury took less than a day to find her guilty of preparing terrorist acts between Oct. 1 and 27, 2014. She is believed to be the first British resident to convicted of ties to the PKK.

She was jailed for 21 months, including the eight months she has already served waiting for her trial.

The Metropolitan Police said they had no evidence Silhan Ozcelik had travelled as far as Turkey during her time outside of the U.K.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Kasım 2015, 09:46