There are many Turkish agents in Kurdish network, politician says

Burkay said that the state is responsible for the alleged collaboration between the KCK and MİT operatives

There are many Turkish agents in Kurdish network, politician says

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kemal Burkay, the leader of the pro-Kurdish Rights and Freedoms Party (HAK-PAR), has claimed that there are some 1,000 National Intelligence Organization (MİT) agents who have infiltrated the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), a network that includes the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Burkay, who returned to Turkey last year from Sweden, where he had been in exile since the 1980 coup d'état, said on a TV program on Tuesday that the state is responsible for the alleged collaboration between the KCK and MİT operatives, who infiltrated the KCK to gather information about the activities of the organization and to gain control over the Kurdish movement.

Burkay also referred to a document in the Sledgehammer coup case, which reveals the details of a meeting between a lawyer for jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and a representative from the Turkish General Staff. Burkay said the document, which was publicized by the Turkish media last year, reveals that during the meeting the military official told Öcalan's lawyer that the military would plant 50 young commissioned officers in the PKK and affiliated groups.

“No one has attached much importance to this document, but I haven't forgotten it,” Burkay remarked, adding that the relationship between the KCK and the MİT is similar to the one portrayed in this document.

An investigation into the KCK was launched in December 2009 and a large number of suspects, including several mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), have been detained in the case. Prosecutors say the KCK was established in 2005 upon the orders of Öcalan. The suspects are accused of various crimes, including membership in a terrorist organization, aiding and abetting a terrorist organization and attempting to destroy the country's unity and integrity.

Burkay criticized the BDP officials who have been detained as part of the KCK investigation, saying those democratically elected officials are committing criminal acts by being involved in the KCK.

The Kurdish politician also said he doesn't find KCK detentions rightful, adding that putting thousands of people into jail will not solve any problem.

Burkay also agreed with a recent statement made by BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, who said KCK operations are being controlled by an Ergenekon-like organization. Ergenekon is a clandestine organization that has alleged links within the state and is suspected of plotting to topple the government.

The relationship between the KCK and MİT came under the spotlight once more early this year when a prosecutor attempted to summon Hakan Fidan, the undersecretary of MİT, and four other MİT executives as suspects in the KCK investigation. The prosecutor claimed MİT agents inside the KCK often collaborated in deadly terror crimes. The government then proposed a bill making prime ministerial permission a prerequisite for questioning a MİT executive, which was swiftly passed by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party)-majority Parliament and signed by the president.

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