PM warns joyous reception of PKK members might harm process
Jubilation in predominantly Kurdish areas over people who “returned home” through the Habur border crossing on Monday has led to warnings from the prime minister in light of criticism from the opposition and reactions from the media and some civil society organizations.
ustice Minister Sadullah Ergin said the ministry would not interfere in the process of prosecution of the PKK members in the event that the office of the prosecutor finds it appropriate.
He was speaking in regards to the detention of some members of the PKK returning home. Prosecutors on Tuesday had said five members of the group should stand trial for their membership in the terrorist PKK. Four children were exempted from interrogation. Eventually, they were all released.
“As a minister, it would not be possible for me to influence the process,” Ergin said, responding to journalists.
When some reporters asked when new prisoners would be sent to İmralı, where Öcalan is serving a prison term, Ergin said information will be shared with the public when there are new developments.
Ergin also said that there is no change expected in the repentance law.
The latest of those laws was put into effect under Article 221 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), also known as the “Active Repentance Law.” The article stipulates that terrorists who surrender to security forces will be released without punishment as long as they have not been involved in any armed clashes with security forces or any other terrorist attacks against Turkey.
22 October 2009, Thursday
AYŞE KARABAT ANKARA