28th December, 2023

RAP LIVE SOLIDARITY FOR KENAN AYAS

RAP LIVE SOLIDARITY FOR KENAN AYAS

SATURDAY 30/12 20:00 @ YIAX, LIMASSOL

Our art is part of the Struggles for Freedom and Equality.
The Kurdish freedom movement is a beacon of hope for movements around the world. The revolution in the Middle East, which became known as the Rojava, is based on women’s liberation and an ecological worldview. It unites different peoples and religions in a system without the violence of the state and capitalism. The Movement’s activists have spread all over the world, exiled and persecuted especially by the Turkish state, and spread the message of Freedom and Equality. Kenan Ayas is one of them.
After he was arrested by the Republic of Cyprus and handed over to the German state, the struggle for the liberation of the Kurdish fighter Kenan Ayas has been transferred for some months now to Hamburg. He has been in custody there since June, in a maximum security prison, facing terrorism charges. He is trying to prove that he was actually involved in a struggle to stop the genocide of the Kurdish people and for a free world and that his actions did not involve violence.
The legal process is ongoing and for the purposes of information and defense of Kenan, an observatory (kenanwatch.org) was set up.
The struggle needs help with the logistics of producing documentary shorts and a brochure, and for promotion purposes in Hamburg.
On 30/12 there is a rap night to support the struggle at YIAX in Limassol.
The needs of the economical support will be covered by the proceeds of the food and the contributions to the solidarity bench.
-Economical support initiative of the struggle for Kenan Ayas

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Today, the defense filed a motion on behalf of Kenan Ayas to dismiss the panel of three judges because they showed bias against Kenan Ayas.

 

The defense had no choice but to make this extraordinary request because the court showed bias against Kenan Ayas by rejecting the defense’s request. The defense had requested that the newspaper article quoting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statement about Kenan Ayas’ trial be considered as evidence and read in court.

 

The well-known German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) had summarized Erdoğan’s remarks in an article published on November 19 as follows: “The visit to the German capital had ‘opened a new chapter in our deep relations,’ Erdoğan said. He expressed his delight at a criminal trial at the Hamburg Higher Regional Court against an alleged official of the Kurdish terrorist group PKK. The man was arrested in Cyprus and extradited to Germany on the initiative of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office.” (See the press release of the defense from November 30, 2023).

 

The court rejected the request for the second time, arguing that Erdoğan’s statement had no relation to the case of Kenan Ayas. It was the second time that the defense had asked the court to allow this article to be part of the evidence. The defense had argued that Erdoğan’s statements showed that the extradition and trial of Kenan Ayas was in the interest of Turkey and that Kenan Ayas could be in danger after his release from prison because of the known habit of the Turkish secret service to operate outside of Turkey. In regard to both motions, the Public Prosecutor’s Office did not oppose the request but supported it by stating that there was an obvious connection between the article and the trial.

 

Despite the statement of the prosecution, the judges showed their determination not to deal with the Turkish influence on the trial. The judges have continuously tried to keep anything out of the trial that could indicate the political nature of the extradition request for Kenan Ayas and the charges against him.

 

Now another chamber of the Hamburg Higher Regional Court hast to decide on the motion to dismiss the judges. Until this decision is made, the trial will continue as scheduled.

 

 

Hamburg/Frankfurt/Nicosia, February 6, 2024

 

 

Attorney Antonia von der Behrens, Berlin

Attorney Stephan Kuhn, Frankfurt am Main

Attorney Efstathios C. Efstathiou, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

The FAZ article “Return to Turkey: Erdoğan calls Scholz the ‘other'” from November 19, 2023 can be found here:

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/rueckkehr-in-die-tuerkei-so-sieht-erdogan-seinen-besuch-in-berlin-19324031.html