Posted on July 9, 2016 by Editorial Staff in 1 Top News, Kurdistan, PKK
BERLIN,— Sweden has extradited to Germany a Turkish Kurdish national who’s accused of being a senior member in Germany of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.
The federal prosecutor’s office said Friday that the 36-year-old man, identified only as Zeki E. in line with German privacy rules, was handed over to German authorities on Wednesday.
The suspect was arrested in Sweden April 13 on a German warrant.
The PKK, which wants greater autonomy for Kurds living in Turkey, is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union. Zeki E. is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization.
Prosecutors say that he led local PKK branches in the western German city of Darmstadt, Berlin and then southern Germany earlier this decade.
The PKK is considered as ‘terrorist’ organization by Ankara and U.S. The PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which [url=file:///C:/Drive D/Winprog/Web Sites/Kurd Net for Wordpress 2014/mismas/articles/misc2008/4/turkeykurdistan1779.htm]overturned[/url] a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union’s terror list.
However, Russia, Switzerland, India, China and the United Nations do not list the PKK as a terrorist organization.
Germany, which is home to to over 800,000 Kurdish immigrants, outlawed the PKK in 1993.
The PKK took up arms in 1984 against the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to push for greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority who make up around 22.5 million of the country’s 78-million population.
A large Turkey’s Kurdish community openly sympathise with PKK rebels.