Suspected PKK money man charged in Germany

Suspected PKK money man charged in Germany

BERLIN - Agence France-Presse
Suspected PKK money man charged in Germany

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German federal prosecutors on Tuesday pressed charges against a 46-year-old Turkish man suspected of raising money for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) throughout Europe.

Prosecutors charged the man, identified only as Abdullah S., with "membership of a foreign terrorist organisation".

They said he worked under the codename "Hamza" in Germany between June 2003 and June 2004 "getting money for the PKK by collecting donations and contributions, running commercial activities and selling propaganda material".

He also drummed up support for PKK demonstrations and organisations, prosecutors charged.

From May 2005 to June 2007, Abdullah S. stayed with the PKK leadership in northern Iraq before returning to run the "economic and finance office" of the PKK in Europe, they alleged.

He was arrested on April 27 and has since been in police custody.

The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. Turkey’s long fight with the PKK has claimed the lives of more than 35,000 people since 1984.