Close affiliation between PKK, FETÖ, indictment says

MERVE AYDOĞAN @mgulaydogan
ANKARA
Published 01.08.2016 01:18

As Turkey continues to recover from the failed coup attempt on July 15, which claimed the lives of scores of civilians and many police officers, a recent indictment of the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) claims there has been strong collaboration between the PKK and FETÖ. The report says that Gülenist officers in southeastern Turkey provided support for the PKK, especially in the district of Cizre in Şırnak, in efforts to halt the reconciliation process. According to claims in the prosecutor's report, FETÖ police officers purposely intervened late and showed negligence regarding the incident with Yasin Börü, 16, an aid worker who was killed, while he was distributing food to Syrian refugees. He was found after being attacked by a pro-PKK mob in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır. The report claims that FETÖ increased its affiliation with the PKK after a previous coup attempt made by Gülenists on Dec. 17 and began activities through its media outlets to prevent the resumption of the reconciliation process with the PKK.

Intelligence reports obtained by the Sabah daily last year said that high-ranking members of the Gülen Movement met with senior PKK leaders several times in 2014 and reached a deal to collaborate in their fights against the government. The latest prosecutor's report claims evidence of a close affiliation between the PKK and FETÖ that was found following incidents in the provinces of Denizli, Afyon, Bursa and Şanlıurfa. A PKK militant was arrested for allegedly plotting bombings in Mersin and Adana provinces in the south after he was captured in a Gülenist cell in western Denizli province in early May 2016 in a raid in which security forces confiscated books and records by Fethullah Gülen. According to confessions from the PKK militant, they were ordered by FETÖ leaders to hide and stay in the Gülenist house.

Witness statements included in the indictment say that FETÖ aimed to lay the foundations for a chaotic environment with efforts to conduct a coup through increasing suicide bomb attacks and infiltrating the military and police forces. Another witness claimed that a FETÖ business office in the central Anatolian city of Tokat had a PKK flag and a poster of the PKK's imprisoned leader, Abdullah Öcalan, on a wall. The report also claims that FETÖ members in the southeast had conducted activities in favor of the PKK in an incident in which a police vehicle in southeastern city Hatay had exploded a bomb and caused an uprising. The report also claims that FETÖ members had expressed open support for the PKK through social media accounts.

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