High prison sentences demanded in PKK trial in Stuttgart

The public prosecutor’s office has demanded long prison sentences for the five Kurdish defendants in the PKK trial in Stuttgart-Stammheim. Veysel S. is to remain in prison for five years and four months as an alleged leading member of the terrorist organization PKK.

Almost two years after the start of the trial at the Stuttgart-Stammheim Higher Regional Court, the public prosecutor’s office has demanded heavy prison sentences for the five Kurdish defendants. Veysel S., alleged to be a leading member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), is to remain in prison for five years and four months. He was arrested in June 2018 and has been in pre-trial detention since then.

The prosecution accuses the other defendants of supporting the PKK. Three years and nine months imprisonment was requested for Özkan T., and three years and ten months for Agit K.. Both are also in custody. Cihan A. is to be imprisoned for one year and ten months, Evrim A. for two years and six months.

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office’s indictment is based largely on the testimony of a key witness who, according to him, worked for the PKK. During this time, he worked in part for the German police and revealed his knowledge of the organization. Ridvan Özdemir had testified extensively in the trial and incriminated the defendants.

The trial will continue on April 15 with the defense’s pleas.

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