Dutch court blocks PKK leader's extradition
20 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — An appeal court in The Hague cited on Thursday the ongoing threat of torture in Turkish jails as the reason for blocking the extradition of prominent PKK member Nuriye Kesbir.
20 January 2005
AMSTERDAM — An appeal court in The Hague cited on Thursday the ongoing threat of torture in Turkish jails as the reason for blocking the extradition of prominent PKK member Nuriye Kesbir.
The decision upholds the November 2004 ruling of a lower court that prevented Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner allowing her extradition from going ahead.
Kesbir is a senior member of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) which led a bloody 15-year rebellion in Turkey in a bid to win self-rule. The authorities in Ankara accuse her of organising dozens of attacks on military targets in Turkey in the mid-1990s, news agency AFP reported.
The PKK called a ceasefire in 1999 shortly after its founder Abdullah Ocalan was captured in Kenya by Turkish agents. The movement is now called Kongra-Gel.
"The court is of the opinion that Kesbir as a woman and as a prominent member of the PKK has a heightened risk of being tortured during her detention in Turkey," the court said.
It acknowledged the Turkish government has introduced important improvements in the area of human rights. But in practice, torture still took place in Turkish jails and prisons, the court said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, PKK, Nuriye Kesbir