32 face jail for alleged role in terror financing though housing project
DİYARBAKIRA prosecutor’s office in southeastern Turkey has demanded 15 to 25 years in jail each for 32 people for their alleged role in providing finances to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) through a large housing project.
The Diyarbakır Court of Serious Crimes accepted an indictment against the suspects, 11 of whom are under arrest on offenses of providing financing to terrorism and robbery after 7 percent from the revenues from a 725-house project in the Kırklardağı area of Diyarbakır was allegedly transferred to the PKK.
According to allegations, the construction firm responsible for the project was told that the PKK must be given a share from the budget if the development was to be completed.
The document also said the share would be registered as if the units were sold to a person identified as S.A.
Meanwhile, three PKK militants were killed on June 10 during a security operation in the İpekyolu district of the eastern province of Van. Counter-terrorism police and intelligence units conducted an operation at a house in the Hacıbekir neighborhood, where militants were allegedly preparing for an attack. The militants were killed in clashes after they responded with fire to security forces’ call on them to surrender. Four PKK militants were also wounded in the operation and fled to a forested area near the scene, where security forces attempted to locate them.
The Turkish General Staff also announced that around 10 PKK militants were killed in air operations conducted in the Dağlıca area of the eastern province of Hakkari on June 10.
Turkish warplanes conducted two separate air operations in a rural area of Dağlıca between 4:35 a.m. and 4:58 a.m. and 8:20 and 8:45 a.m., the General Staff said in a statement. PKK targets were successfully destroyed while warplanes safely returned to their bases, the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry has issued a circular to schools in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakır, Mardin, Hakkari and Şırnak to disregard the absence of students who could not attend school due to anti-terror operations.
In the southeastern province of Şırnak, tanks and military unites were seen returning to their posts with the conclusion of months-long security operations in the provincial center on June 3.