1st December, 2023

The absolute humiliation of Cyprus by Erdogan

The Observatory for the Trial of Kenan Ayas expresses and conveys its anger, so that the two Cypriot courts and the Cypriot government, which consented to and allowed the extradition of the Kurdish fighter to Germany, may feel it. The ultimate humiliation for the Cypriot authorities arrives from Berlin and the recent visit of Turkish dictator Erdogan, who personally dealt with the ongoing judicial proceedings against Kenan Ayas.

Speaking of a “new chapter in Turkey’s deep relations” with Germany, Erdogan expressed his pleasure regarding the criminal proceedings being conducted at the Hamburg Higher Regional Court against a “suspected member of the Kurdish terrorist group PKK,” as he put it.

The statement certainly refers to Kenan, but the news were not shared with all German media. It is, however, proof of who is satisfied with the extradition of Kenan Ayas first by the Larnaca District Court and then by the Supreme Court. We wonder whether those who are currently receiving the thanks of the Turkish dictator Erdogan, who occupies half of Cyprus, conducts ethnic cleansing against the Kurds and dares to refer to “terrorism”, have a clear conscience.  Erdogan should especially thank the Cypriot authorities, the Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General’s Office and the Courts of Cyprus. We wonder if they feel they have done their duty to the law by allowing the extradition of a man who is being persecuted for his political beliefs at the behest of the Turkish fascist state. Shame.

 

Observatory for the trial of Kenan Ayas,

1 December 2023

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