German prosecutors charge suspect over affiliation with PKK

German prosecutors formally charge alleged local leader of terrorist organisation PKK

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

German police officers guard outside a regional court in Germany.

German prosecutors say they have formally charged a 58-year-old man with "membership of a foreign terrorist organisation" over his affiliation with the outlawed PKK.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that Bedrettin K., whose last name wasn't given in line with privacy laws, is suspected of being a regional leader of the terrorist PKK in Germany.

They said the man, using the codename "Ali," was responsible for PKK activities in various parts of Germany from 2012 until his arrest in August 2015, including collecting donations and organizing propaganda events.

The PKK is considered a terrorist organisation by the US, the European Union and Turkey.

More than 300 security officers have died in PKK terror attacks in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.

Furthermore, PKK terrorists have been disrupting the social order in many provinces, as they dig up trenches and set road-barricades on streets.

The terrorists have also set fire to several school buildings, hospitals, mosques and even targeted kindergartens.

TRTWorld, AP