PKK ordered hit on İbrahim Tatlıses, prosecutor says
ISTANBUL - From wire dispatches
Tatlıses had been undergoing physical rehabilitation since the shooting. Hürriyet photo
An Istanbul prosecutor today charged seven suspects with "disrupting the unity of state," in a probe into the shooting of singer İbrahim Tatlıses.
Assailants fired on Tatlıses with assault rifles on March 14 while he was leaving a television studio, wounding him in the head.
A total of 12 suspects were apprehended by the police after the attack. Specially authorized public prosecutor Muammer Akkaş asked a high criminal court to sentence seven of the suspects to aggravated life imprisonment.
Akkaş claimed assailants acted on orders from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Initial reports did not mention whether the prosecutor released the other five suspects or pressed charges against them.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.