4th September, 2023

Germans are worried about the terrorists by Aristos Michaelides

Aristos Michaelides

The head of Germany’s intelligence and internal security service, Thomas Haldenweg, said the other day that the jihadist arm of the Islamic State jihadist group in Afghanistan has been of increasing concern to the agency recently. “The strengthening of this organization is escalating the threat to Germany,” he said. The Islamic State – Khorasan Province, although at war with the Taliban in Afghanistan, is at the same time keeping its eyes “on the direction of Europe” and is seeking to launch attacks against “infidels in the West”.

Scary stuff! The jihadist terrorists will again launch attacks in European cities. The terror that Europeans experienced a few years earlier may well return. But, especially the German services, can they distinguish the real terrorists from those who serve their political purposes?

By what logic, for example, do they put ISIS terrorists in the same position as the Kurds? Because it is the same (German) agencies that are currently demanding that Cyprus hand over the Kurdish intellectual political refugee Kenan Ayas as a terrorist. Just as they demanded a few years ago that Cherkez Korkmaz be handed over to them.

Why? Because they made speeches in cultural associations and elsewhere about Kurdistan, about minorities, about human rights. The difference is visible. But it is covered up under the “good relations” that Germany wants to have with Turkey. And innocent people, who are fighting peacefully for their people, are paying the price.

The Kurds have never acted with guns and bombs in countries that host them. They have never carried out blind suicide attacks in European cities. Neither in Germany nor elsewhere. They only do peaceful events to inform Europeans about the Kurdistan struggle and to preserve their traditions in exile. And yet, they are treated like ISIS jihadists. As dangerous terrorists.

This is how Kenan Ayas is being dragged through the Cypriot courts these days, with Germany demanding that he be handed over to it so that it can in turn send him to the Turkish dungeons. But if Germany is concerned about jihadists, it must first recognize who the really dangerous terrorists are and stop pandering to terrorist Turkey and its genocide against the Kurdish people. Because, they forgot very quickly, like the Americans, that it is the Kurds who fought as their allies against ISIS in Syria. They had 13,000 Kurds killed in the battles with the Islamic State. While Erdogan’s Turkey was accused of collaborating with and strengthening it. And instead of being helped, the Kurds were not only abandoned but persecuted as terrorists.

So, if Germany and other European countries continue to consider the Kurdistan Workers’ Party as a terrorist organization, because Turkey wants it to be, and continue to persecute its members on behalf of Turkey, what will they do if they drive the Kurds in the diaspora to despair and start terrorist attacks in their cities? If they persecute them as terrorists, what will they do if they abandon their political struggle and become real terrorists too?

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