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 Danish police summons Turkish diplomats over gun at Kurdish ROJ TV trial

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Danish police summons Turkish diplomats over gun at Kurdish ROJ TV trial  3.9.2011  

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September 3, 2011

COPENHAGEN, — Denmark's PET intelligence service summoned Turkish embassy officials this week after discovering a diplomat had carried a gun to a Copenhagen trial of Kurdish broadcaster ROJ-TV, the Politiken daily reported Saturday.

ROJ-TV is currently on trial in Denmark charged with supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which figures on terrorist organisation lists in Turkey and other countries.

Politiken reported that a Danish Kurd attending a court session on Thursday discovered the diplomat was armed and reported the issue to defence attorneys,
www.ekurd.netwho in turn informed the judge and police.

"This is completely unacceptable. There are no special rules for diplomats.            

Danish police. Photo: Getty Images
You are not allowed to carry weapons, and certainly not in a courtroom," head of the Danish Judges Association Mikael Sjoeberg told Politiken.

PET, which is responsible for diplomatic affairs, said the Turkish embassy had been summoned to a meeting Friday.

"The Turkish Embassy was called to a meeting with PET. They were told that bearing arms in a Danish courtroom must never be repeated," PET told Politiken.

"We have now taken the initiative to review all embassy personnel weapons licences in order to clarify the conditions under which these licences are given," it added.

Since it was established in 1984, the Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list. 

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