Turkish PM lashes out over alleged AKP-Hizbullah ties

Erdoğan has strongly reacted to recent claims by the main opposition CHP leader that the ruling AK Party is cooperating with Hizbullah.

Turkish PM lashes out over alleged AKP-Hizbullah ties

World Bulletin / News Desk

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has strongly reacted to recent claims by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is cooperating with Hizbullah, saying that this attempt to link his party to a terrorist group is "tactlessness."

“If the leader of the main opposition party made this so-called comment, this is at the very least impudence. Someone who makes an allegation has to prove it. It is tactlessness to link the AK Party with a terrorist organization. It is cowardice. As long as he fails to explain it [with proof], this impudence, tactlessness and cowardice marks him and his party. … Nobody can link my party to a terrorist organization,” an angry Erdoğan said in Ankara.

The prime minister was targeting CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who on Saturday said the AK Party has been cooperating with Hizbullah ahead of June parliamentary elections. “Everybody knows about [AK Party-Hizbullah cooperation] in the region [the Southeast],” Kılıçdaroğlu argued. The CHP leader pointed to the recent release of some Hizbullah members and their being at large for more than two weeks since their release to back his allegation.

Some Hizbullah members, who were convicted of brutally killing 188 people, were recently released because 10 years had elapsed since the start of their appeal trials, which had still not been concluded. They were freed under a law that was passed in 2005 but went into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, that made changes to Article 102 of the Code on Criminal Procedure (CMK). They were required to check in regularly with their local police stations, but as none of them complied, the Supreme Court of Appeals ordered their re-arrest. They were later apprehended.

Last Mod: 23 Ocak 2011, 18:42
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