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DHKP-C members released

20 April 2007

BRUSSELS – The four detained members of the Marxist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army/Front (DHKP-C) have been released from prisons in Bruges and Nivelles.

This came after a ruling by the Supreme Court on Thursday which overturned a conviction for membership in a criminal organisation and other charges. The US and the EU consider the DHKP-C to be a terrorist organisation.

At about 6 pm 33-year-old Belgian national Bahar Kimyongür was first to leave the Nivelles prison. Dutch national Musa Asoglu (45) and Turkish nationals Kaya Saz (31) and Sükriye Akar (35) were released from Bruges prison at about 7 pm.

Seven DHKP-C members had appealed the conviction by the court in Ghent. The seven had been convicted of membership in a criminal organisation and prohibited bearing of arms, and two of them were also convicted of involvement in terrorism.

Four were then locked up, but the remaining three – Fehriye Erdal (30), prominent DHKP-C member Dursun Karatas and Zerrin Sari – could not be found.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news