Monday, July 18, 2005

PKK blamed for assassination of HADEP executive

Former People's Democracy Party (HADEP) deputy leader Hikmet Fidan's son, Zınnar Tarık Fidan, said the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was responsible for the assassination of his father.

According to a Milliyet daily report, Tarık Fidan said his father was against political interference coming from jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan or the PKK groups in the north of Iraq, adding: “It's obvious who committed the murder. When one puts the pieces together, it points in one direction.”

He said his father supported democratic efforts instead of armed confrontation, adding, “My father was a threat to them. He was dividing the organization. I was a witness to many threats made against him.”

He also said reaction by Kurds to his father's murder left much to be desired.

Fidan was shot once in the back of the head in Diyarbakır on July 1.

Read the rest of the article on Turkish Daily News

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