15 PKK members surrendering to Turkish authorities free26/06/2012 16:17
ERBIL, June 26 (AKnews) – Turkish media sources reported Tuesday that 15 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants who had reportedly surrendered to the Turkish authorities have been freed.
Seven of the PKK rebels were immediately released after being questioned because they were minors, the English language Today’s Zaman reported today.
The other eight PKK members have been referred to the Specially Authorized Diyarbakir Prosecutor’s Office for further interrogation.
The court later ruled in favor of the eight PKK militants and ordered their release under the Article 221 which states that “terrorists” surrendering to the Turkish authorities will released without punishment as long as they have not been involved in armed conflict with the Turkish forces.
PKK is an armed group that has been fighting the Turkish state for three decades for greater political and cultural rights of the country’s Kurds. The fighting has claimed the lives of 45,000 people including military and civilians as well.
The PKK is labeled by Turkey, US and much of EU as as terrorist organization.