24 arrested in KCK probe
Out of the 54 individuals who were detained earlier this week as part of operations against the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), which prosecutors say is a political umbrella organization that includes the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), 24 were arrested on Wednesday.

Two of the suspects were released pending trial.

Twenty-eight suspects, who included Siirt Mayor Selim Sadak, were released on Tuesday after being interrogated at the Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor's Office.

The suspects were detained in simultaneous operations in the southeastern provinces of Siirt and Mardin on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 10 individuals who were suspected of having links to the KCK were detained in the southern province of Adana on Wednesday. They are accused of being members of a terrorist organization and holding illegal demonstrations.

The KCK investigation started 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. 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.

In a separate development, almost four kilograms of hashish were seized in a police operation in the central province of Tokat on Wednesday while three individuals who are suspected of being members of the PKK's youth branches were arrested. The suspects were reportedly taking the hashish which they took from Diyarbakır to a PKK official in Tokat.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
Last Modified: 2012-12-12 18:00:02
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