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KDP handed over PKK suspect to Turkey in 2018: watchdog

  2021-03-13  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Mohamed Shawesh, a suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) who is believed to have been handed over to Turkey by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in 2018. Graphic by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) handed over a suspected Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) member to Turkey in 2018, a Kurdish watchdog says.

Mohamed Shawesh, a suspected PKK member from Silopi town in Turkey’s Sirnak, fled to Duhok in 2016, but he was arrested in 2018 by a force affiliated with the KDP and was handed over to Turkey in 2018 after a court ruling in Duhok, Kurdistan Watch 
said on March 11.

It was not clear why the case has been exposed now but the watchdog says “we are only now reporting about it as new information came out about the case.”

According to Article 19 of the Iraqi Penal Code, the right to expel or deport a foreigner lies in the jurisdiction of Iraqi federal courts. 

It is not the first time the KDP is accused of handing over PKK members and exiled Kurdish politicians to Turkey.

On February 24, PKK-affiliated media outlets accused the KDP of handing over exiled Kurdish politician Omar Bartan to Turkey in January، while the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Interior and KDP media outlets denies it. 

PKK has taken up arms against the Turkish authorities for Kurdish rights in the country since 1978.

PKK and KDP are at odds over many issues, as the latter enjoys cordial relations with Turkey.

(Zhyan English)