Freed CHP MP Aygün testifies about abduction
CHP Tunceli deputy Hüseyin Aygün is seen as he arrives to prosecutor’s office to give testimony regarding his abduction as a witness and a complainant.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Tunceli deputy Hüseyin Aygün gave testimony to a prosecutor yesterday regarding his abduction by militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Aygün testified as a witness and a complainant, and informed the prosecutor about his 48-hour-long abduction.
Aygün was kidnapped by two PKK militants on Aug. 12 as he was returning from a visit to the Ovacık district in the eastern province of Tunceli. He was released on Aug. 14. Aygün said he had been “treated with respect” by the PKK members, speaking to reporters in Tunceli after his release. “The organization said they kidnapped me for propaganda reasons,” he said. After giving his testimony Aygün left the prosecutor’s office without giving any statements to reporters.
İHD calls for release
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Association (İHD) Diyarbakır director has said that the PKK should release the 13 individuals it is holding captive, “A year has passed since some of the kidnappings. The PKK should release the soldiers, the police officers and the district gubernatorial candidate, so that their families can have a real holiday.” CHP deputies Mahmut Tanal and Nurettin Demir visited the family of missing soldier Pvt. Reşat Çeçan, who was kidnapped with three soldiers on the Lice-Bingöl highway by PKK members on Aug. 6. Tanal said that the government had not taken the necessary initiative to ensure security and the problem should be solved in the Turkish Grand National Assembly.