Turkish court releases KCK suspect

A court in Diyarbakir ruled to free Nihayet Tasdemir on account of serving five years of jail time in pre-trial detention.

Turkish court releases KCK suspect

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Turkish court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir released a suspect who was arrested in April 2009 on a charge of being linked to Kurdistan Community Union (KCK), a Kurdish umbrella organization allegedly affiliated with the PKK, on Friday.

Diyarbakir's 2nd High Criminal Court released Nihayet Tasdemir on account of serving five years of jail time in pre-trial detention.

The court, which reviewed the release requests of 43 suspects who were arrested on April 14, 2009, freed only Tasdemir and ruled for the continuation of detention for the remaining 42.

There are 175 defendants in Turkey's ongoing Kurdistan Community Union trial which targeted pro-Kurdish journalists, activists and politicians under the country's anti-terror laws.

The government accused the umbrella group of having links with the PKK, a militant separatist group regarded as a 'terrorist organization' by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Mayıs 2014, 12:51

Muhammed Öylek