Belgian Court of Cassation: PKK activities are not terrorist

The Court of Cassation in Brussels once again pointed out that the activities of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are not terrorist, and rejected trying 37 Kurdish politicians.


The Belgian Court of Cassation has ruled that the activities of PKK which is leading an armed struggle against the Turkish state which denies the rights of the Kurds are non-terrorist, and rejected the trial of 37 Kurdish politicians; the co-chair of the People's Assembly Remzi Kertal, the member of Kurdistan Community Union's Coordination Zibar Ayder.

With this decision, the investigation of the federal judiciary in Belgium which has begun since 2006 towards PKK leaders ended, keeping only one right for the federal judiciary, namely reviewing the Belgian Supreme Court.

In September 15, the same court had declared PKK as an armed organization that has no state. The court also pointed to the severity of the Turkish state against the Kurds and the PKK's response to them, and stressed that there are no terrorist activities of the party, so the party will not be included within the special laws of terrorism in Belgium and will not be tried.

In 2006, Belgium began investigations with 37 Kurdish politicians, including Remzi Kertal, Zibar Ayder and Adam Ozon. In 2016, the Belgian Chamber of Investigation announced that the PKK is not a terrorist party and it will not allow to open a case against it.


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