Friday, December 16, 2005

Roj TV File in Denmark at Attorney General's Office

By Hasan Cucuk
Published: Thursday, December 15, 2005

Denmark has taken the first legal step against Roj TV; the network Turkey requested be closed down.

Copenhagen Police launching an investigation on the terrorist organization the Kurdish Workers' Party's (PKK) broadcasting channel upon Ankara's insistence took action and sent the file to the Office of the Attorney General.

The Attorney General will have the final word on the issue. Authorities assessed sending the file to the attorney generalship as "This is not an issue the police can deal with. Sending the file to the office of the attorney generals shows the issue is being dealt with seriously."

A few days ago, a society called Al-Aqsa in Denmark was claimed to have transfer money to the terrorist organization. Following this, police sent the file it had prepared to the attorney general's office. A case was opened against the group; the same process is expected to take place in the Roj TV case as well.

Copenhagen Police Chief Hane Bech Hansen announced Wednesday the Roj TV dossier "was sent to the office of the attorney general due to immense public interest in the issue."

Hansen declined further statement about the content of the police investigation.

Copenhagen Royal Public Prosecutor Karsten Hjorth, who the file on the separatist channel was sent, also refused to comment on the contents of the file he expects to receive in a few days.

The US administration had also stepped in requesting the closure of the channel supporting the PKK that had caused a crisis to develop between Turkey and Denmark.

A "secret letter" sent by the US about the channel is also attached in the dossier. When asked if there is a link between the PKK and Roj TV during his visit to Berlin last week, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said:

"The Danish police are investigating this issue. There is some evidence, we are assessing of some its practices, but I cannot say anything more about this for the safety of the investigation. However, I would like to emphasize that the PKK is a terrorist organization in Denmark, too, as it is in all EU countries."

Turkey requested Roj TV stop broadcasting.


Note: an amazing aspect of animosity towards Kurdish people and RoJ tv is clear in the way Mr. Hasan Cucuk here deals with the issue. He had coind the phrase "Separatist Channel" a concept that causes laughter.

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