Media report: DHKP-C member used disguise to evade arrest in Europe
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULApr 10, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Apr 10, 2015 12:00 am
A Turkish newspaper claimed Erdal Ünal, a member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), accused of orchestrating the killing of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, used a set of disguises to avoid arrest while he was in Europe. Ünal was detained last week by Italian anti-terror police while on vacation in Venice.
Ünal, who went by the alias "Zeki," often changed his hairstyle and beard as well as using disguises, as he had an international arrest warrant issued by Turkey for his involvement in terror attacks in the 1990s, Habertürk newspaper reported. He has been missing since a Molotov cocktail attack on an Ankara branch of a bank in 1995, which was attributed to Ünal.
It was revealed that Ünal was married to an Austrian woman and was residing there before his arrest in Italy. Turkey is expected to demand his extradition from Italy. He is accused of being a recruiter for the terrorist organization, and he reportedly planned the courthouse attack as well as instructed two terrorists on how to conduct the attack.
Ünal was living in Austria as a refugee before his capture. Intelligence reports on the two terrorists who were killed at an Istanbul courthouse on April 6 reportedly revealed that they made a call to senior officials of the terrorist organization in Greece. Over the phone, senior militants allegedly ordered Bahtiyar Doğruyol, one of the terrorists, to kill Kiraz. It is not known what Ünal's exact role was in the execution of the terror plot.