Turkish Supreme Court hinted to the possibility of issuing a death sentence against Abdullah Ocalan, the prominent Kurdish leader and founder of Kurdistan’s Workers Party (PKK) if his followers continue their armed rebellion in southeast Turkey.
Speaking in the annual meeting or provincial prosecutors, the Turkish general prosecutor said if the imprisoned Kurdish leader insists on stirring the revolt in the predominantly Kurdish areas, his life imprisonment verdict might be annulled and eventually replaced with a death sentence by next Augustus.
In a massage directed from his imprisonment to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ocalan lashed out on the former’s strategy in dealing with the Syrian crisis and war against ISIS, stressing that Turkey’s current foreign policy will definitely lead to catastrophic repercussions in the already-chaotic Middle East region.
Ocalan’s words came as Turkish fighter jets pounded PKK positions near the Iraqi borders.
The Kurds expressed grave concerns that the fragile truce with the Turkish Army might falter if Erdogan continues to support terror groups in Syria such as ISIS and al-Qaeda offshoot, Jabhet al-Nusra.
Bloody confrontations between the Turkish military and Kurdish separatists have left over 40,000 civilians in southeast Turkey during three decades of unrest.
In February 2015, Abdullah Ocalan called on his fighters to lay down arms to give room to a political and democratic solution for the decades-long struggle.
Radical militants fighting Syria’s Bashar Assad are also battling with the US-backed Kurdish fighters in northern and northeastern Syria. Erdogan has been repeatedly accused of supporting ultraconservative groups to halt the Kurd’s progress along the Syrian frontiers.
According to Safeen Dizayee, spokesman of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), stated that nearly 5000 Kurds have escaped to Iraqi Kurdistan after ISIS threatened their towns and villages in Syria.