Istanbul courts hear trial of 24 terror suspects in one day

Turkish courts in Istanbul judge 24 suspects who allegedly have links with terrorist organisations like PKK and MLKP

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish judicial sources said that at least 24 suspects belonging to the terrorist organisations of PKK and Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) were presented before the courts on Monday.

The suspects, including four PKK and 20 MLKP members were detained in two separate operations on Dec. 4 in Istanbul, police reported.

While some suspects were presented before the Kartal court in the city's Asian side, others were sent to a court in the Caglayan district on the European side.

The MLKP, which was founded in 1994, is on Turkey’s list of “primary terror organisations.”

Last July, the organisation allegedly attempted to bomb the headquarters of Star Media Group in Istanbul. Bomb-disposal squads later destroyed the explosive device in a controlled blast.​

The PKK is also considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU. The group resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July.

Since then, more than 180 members of the security forces have been martyred and over 1,700 PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq, including air strikes.