Daughter of slain Kurdish author to apply ECHR after JITEM case acquittals
The daughter of Musa Anter, a prominent Kurdish author and journalist who was assassinated 27 years ago, said she would apply to the European Courts of Human Rights (ECHR) after a Turkish court ruled for the acquittal of all suspects in an extrajudicial killings case including the murder of Musa Anter, Artı Gerçek reported on Sunday.
A court in Turkish capital Ankara on Friday acquitted all suspects of murder charges in the case regarding the executions of 19 people between 1993 and 1996 by a paramilitary force Gendarmerie Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Organization (JITEM), a network that includes former Interior Minister Mehmet Ağar, former high-ranking special operations and intelligence officials.
"Even though we knew that the case would result in this way, we still had hope. This is endless pain and struggle. And, it seems it will continue," Rahşan Anter said.
Anter was shot in the heart and head in an attack in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakır, allegedly organised by JITEM whose activities were acknowledged earlier by former Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit after a lethal car crash that exposed documents showing links between state officials and organised crime bosses.
Suspects of JITEM were accused of being involved in the torture, disappearance and execution of Kurdish politicians and businesspeople during the 1990s.