Dead DHKP/C leader to be buried in Turkey
Far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) leader Dursun Karataş, who died of liver cancer on Monday at a hospital in the Netherlands, will be buried in İstanbul, according to his family’s attorney.
Following the death of the terrorist DHKP/C leader, who was being sought by Turkey with Interpol red notices around the world, his family attorney and his brother organized a press conference at the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects’ Chambers (TMMOB) office in İstanbul.
“There are no legal obstacles to bringing Karataş’s corpse back and we have not appealed to any judicial institutions or bureaucrats on this issue,” said attorney Taylan Tamer, adding that no law enforcement agency has contacted them yet. Karataş’s brother was silent during the press conference and did not answer questions.
A memorial service was held for Karataş yesterday in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. Many DHKP/C sympathizers came from all around Europe to attend the event, which began with a video narrating the terrorist group’s leader’s life story. DHKP/C spokesman Musa Asaoğlu said the body will be taken to İstanbul early on Thursday and that Karataş will be buried in a cemetery in the Gazi district of İstanbul after a ceremony at a local cemevi (an Alevi house of worship) and a funeral prayer at a local mosque.
Karataş founded the Revolutionary Left group at İstanbul Technical University in 1978. The organization murdered former Prime Minister Nihat Erim and former Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy leader Gün Sazak. He was arrested on Sept. 30, 1980, following the Sept. 12 military coup. He was sentenced to death, but after the trial his sentence was commuted to life in prison. He escaped from İstanbul’s Bayrampaşa Prison in 1989 together with Bedri Yağan, another top figure in the organization. He then lived in various European countries under false identities. Karataş was captured in France in 1994, but he was released after spending four months in prison. He was sought by security officials in 174 countries for 150 separate crimes