German police arrest 9 Kurds over alleged “terrorist training”

Written by Staff Writer Osmany Kuhn, head of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, also referred to a plan to sign an agreement between the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party…

German police arrest 9 Kurds over alleged "terrorist training"

Written by Staff Writer

Osmany Kuhn, head of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, also referred to a plan to sign an agreement between the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Turkish-based guerrilla group considered a terrorist organization by Germany, the United States and European Union.

The defendants, including ex-soldiers of the defunct Nazi SS and officers of German security services, had been reported by German prosecutors since 2016 for involvement in “foreign terrorist cooperation” and for “secret foundations” established to conduct spying and propaganda work on behalf of certain groups in Syria and Iran.

On Friday, a number of these people were arrested in Germany, prosecutors said.

In September 2017, the courts rejected an attempt by the plaintiffs to refer the matter to a special procedure intended to punish people whose actions constitute crimes against peace and national security, the prosecutors said.

They also said they had managed to trace those involved and that the aim of the operations had always been to secure military training for Kurdish guerrillas fighting against the Assad regime.

Prosecutors also said that around 20 people were involved in training Kurdish guerrillas in 2018, the most recent training took place in the Syrian city of Kipda in February.

The defendants were accused of using their positions to carry out the work and of misrepresenting it as a humanitarian mission.

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