Turkey indicts Briton allegedly tied to leftist DHKP-C

Turkish court accepts indictment of 20 suspects including British citizen allegedly tied to leftist outlawed armed group DHKP-C following completion of investigation against militant organisation

Courtesy of: AA
Courtesy of: AA

British citizen Stephan Shak Kaczynski has been accused to have links with Turkish leftist outlawed militant group DHKP-C in recent indictment.

Turkish media has reported that the 14th Istanbul Heavy Penal Court accepted the indictment of 20 suspects including a British citizen allegedly connected to the Turkish leftist outlawed militant group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), following the completion of an investigation concerning its militant activities.

The investigation has been launched following the operations on April 4 in the Okmeydani suburbs of Istanbul’s Sisli district against the DHKP-C after two members of the group attacked the office of a senior prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz in the Istanbul courthouse on March 31.

Militants took the public prosecutor hostage for six hours and then clashed with the police before killing the prosecutor, according to the Turkish security services.

The indictment has a volume of 42 pages and attempts to address the various aspects of the DHKP-C including its establishment, aims, strategy, structure, and bloody attacks until now, media reports have said.

The indictment has also claimed that the group divides Turkey into three regions which are "Anatolia, Kurdistan, and Istanbul." Istanbul has also been subdivided into five regions, the reports added according to the indictment.

The indictment has accused the suspects of “being member of terrorist organisation,” and “resistance to officials preventing fulfillment of their duties.”

The indictment has also accused a 52-year old British citizen Stephan Shak Kaczynski of having links with the DHKP-C. He was detained on April 4 when security forces had raided the Idil Culture Centre in Istanbul.

The indictment claimed that the culture centre has been a fertile ground for the “brainwashing” of the Turkish youth in order to bring more members into the group.

Turkish daily Yeni Safak has claimed that he worked as a spy for German Federal Intelligence Service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND).

Turkish media previously claimed that he had been involved in various activities of the DHKP-C enabling the members of the group in Germany and Greece to communicate each other and exchange the critical messages concerning particular armed attacks.

German-Turkish media outlet Deutsch-Türkische Zeitung also previously reported that Kaczynski was in touch with the DHKP-C leader Huseyin Fevzi Tekin who is imprisoned in Greece.

The same outlet also reported that he claimed to be in contact with Elif Sultan Kalsen who was killed in a clash as she attempted a suicide attack against the Istanbul Police Headquarters on April 1.

Kaczynski has denied all of the accusations saying that he has been in Istanbul in order to participate in the Social Rights Symposium and he was in the Idil Culture Centre to sleep.

Reuters previously reported based on an online investigation that Kaczynski is “described” as an “activist” and a “freelance journalist” affiliated with many British leftist small groups.

The DHKP-C is a Marxist-Leninist militant organisation which has carried out a number of assassinations against Turkish military leaders and businessmen and is classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.



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