Death of activist's parents 'a political murder'

24th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 March 2006, BRUSSELS — A Brussels MP has claimed the killing in Turkey of the parents of two Kurdish activists living in Belgium was "a political murder".

24 March 2006

BRUSSELS — A Brussels MP has claimed the killing in Turkey of the parents of two Kurdish activists living in Belgium was "a political murder".

The statement was made on Friday by Christian Democrat CD&V Brussels MP Jan Béghin, who is also the deputy chairman of the Flemish Community Commission.

He recently travelled with a delegation to Turkey to investigate the death of Fatim and Ferho Akgül, the parents of Derwish Ferho, the chairman of the Kurdish Institute in Brussels.

Ferho's parents were killed on 2 March in the Turkish village of Dogançay. The victims' two sons are political refugees living in Belgium.

Derwish Ferho has accused death squads linked to the Turkish state and local security forces of carrying out the killings.

He claims Turkish authorities demanded he and is brother discontinue their "anti-Turkish activities".

Béghin travelled to Turkey with green Ecolo Brussels MP Céline Delforge and visited the village and spoke with locals. After the visit, Béghin decided "that without doubt it was a political murder".

Béghin cited the fear of villagers and the fact that seven residents had been killed in recent years and that nothing was stolen from the elderly couple.

He also doubted whether Turkey would conduct an adequate investigation and said the EU should examine the case very closely given Turkey's accession hopes.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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