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HDP leader tells citizens not to report PKK militants

HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas tells citizens not to report PKK militants after government’s declaration of reward money for notifying security forces concerning terror attacks and suspects.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair, Selahattin Demirtas, on Monday, referring to PKK militants as “neighbours” called on residents not to report them.

Turkish Government, on Aug. 31, declared on Turkey’s Official Journal, that it will be offering a money reward to those who notify police the identities of suspects sought for offences listed under the Terrorism Combat Law.

Speaking after his visit to Brussels, to meet with Federica Mogherini, The European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Demirtas said “My advise to all of our citizens is that; do not tip off your neighbors for money. Squealing is a dishonorable act… Fighting against crime is one thing. Encouraging your own citizens to dishonorable act and squealing is another.”

Stating that this practice may cause misjudgements, Demirtas continued “One can never be sure whether the person whom he informs security forces against is really a terror suspect. You will be responsible for what happens to him. All of a sudden you may have a chaotic situation within a society that no one trusts each other, where insecurity dominates, neighborly relations degenerate incredibly and people turn into enemies.”

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ decision, those who provide information which leads to the capture of suspects or report their whereabouts or provide information on their identity will get a reward.

The prize could be as much as 4 million Turkish lira’s, if the information provided concerns top PKK and KCK commanders such as Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik, Bese Hozat, Bahoz Erdal and 32 others.

PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US, and EU.

The KCK is an umbrella organisation of the outlawed PKK.

The groups have increased their terror attacks in Turkey, following KCK’s announcement that it had ended the ceasefire with the Turkish State on July 11.

Since that time, 69 security officers and more than 10 civilians have been killed in numerous terror attacks launched by the outlawed PKK, mostly in the southeastern region of the country.

Under part of Law 3713, people providing information to the police cannot not have taken part in a crime, and cannot be state employees or village guards. If the information provided is deemed useful or leads to the capture of wanted militants they will receive a money reward.

If the information provided is helpful in shedding light on more than one crime, the individuals will receive differing sizes of rewards depending on each offence and the suspect.

Resource: TRTWorld, August 31, 2015


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