German police arrest alleged Kurdish separatists

19th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

German police have arrested two Turkish men suspected of belonging to Kurdish separatist group the PKK, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The 28-year-olds were detained on Monday, one at Freiburg im Breisgau in the southwest and the other at Dusseldorf airport in the east of the country.

The second man, named by prosecutors only as Ridvan Oe., is suspected of having directed the PKK's youth organisation "Komalen Ciwan" in Germany since March 2010.

A statement from Karlsruhe legal officials said the other suspect, identified as Mehmet A., is thought to have held a senior position in the youth group in Germany and in France since January last year.

The pair are suspected of recruiting young activists and providing them with travel papers.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

The nationalists want constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.

The Turkish army holds it responsible for the 45,000 deaths the conflict has caused on both sides.

© 2011 AFP

0 Comments To This Article