Mar 01 2018

No murder charges in case which ended Turkish-Kurdish peace process

There have been no convictions for murder in the case of two policemen whose July 2015 killing brought about the end of a peace process between Kurdish militants and the Turkish state, left-wing news site Gazete Duvar said.

At the 13th hearing of the trial of the killing of Feyyaz Yumuşak and Okan Uçar, nine suspects were found innocent of the murder, which took place in the wake of the bombing of a group of far-left and Kurdish representatives preparing to enter Kurdish-held Syrian territory in solidarity with the Kurds’ fight against Islamic State (ISIS).

Various officials from Kurdish political parties said that Turkey had turned a blind eye to the bombers, and when the two policemen were killed, Turkish officials said it was the doing of the Kurdish militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has been fighting in Turkey for three decades.

The loss of trust from these incidents is widely believed to have been a contributing factor to the breakdown of the peace process shortly after.

Four suspects in the case were given 18-month sentences for “making (terror) organisation propaganda” on social media.