105 years in prison for nine KCK detainees

ANF – AMED 26.06.2013 – Diyarbakır 6th High Criminal Court sentenced nine defendants in the KCK (Kurdish Communities Union) Eruh trial to a total of 105 years and 8 months in prison, as well as 74,880 TL pecuniary penalty. The trial of nine defendants has been going on since 2010.

The court sentenced each of the nine defendants to six years and three months in prison for allegedly “committing a crime on behalf of an illegal organization that they are not members to”, three years for “possessing hazardous material”, two years and six months for “damaging public property”. Each of the defendants was also imposed a pecuniary penalty of 8,320 TL.

On the other hand, of 23 people who have been tried in the scope of the KCK Batman trial, eight were released following the first hearing at Diyarbakır 8th High Criminal Court on Tuesday. Among the defendants, of whom 19 have been remanded in custody, are also students and members of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). Defendants were able to give their testimonies in Kurdish as the court provided Kurdish interpreters. The next hearing has been set for 10 September.