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Greece has released 13 suspected members of the terrorist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), in what is likely to become a diplomatic scandal with Turkey.
The DHKP/C is a terrorist organization, which recently attacked the US Embassy and later a ministry building and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) headquarters in Ankara. In the US Embassy attack on Feb. 1, two people, including the suicide bomber who staged the attack, were killed.
Turkish police have been cracking down on the DHKP/C recently, both because of the increased frequency of the group's attacks and also due to intelligence reports suggesting that the organization is planning numerous suicide attacks where the targets are state agencies. Investigations into the group's past attacks have revealed that most of the attackers were trained at the organization's Lavrion Camp in Greece. Turkish and Greek authorities worked together and the Greek police shut down the camp and detained 14 people -- including DHKP/C members Fadik Adıyaman, Nevzat Kalaycı, Ali Temiz and Havva Suiçmez who were the subjects of a search and there was an Interpol red notice out for them -- but 13 of the suspects were released after their police interrogation on the grounds that they had not participated in any terrorist attack. Only Hava Suiçmez was arrested.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met in earlier this year and both countries agreed on the extradition of DHKP/C terrorists. The operations in Greece against the DHKP/C on March 21-22 followed that agreement. Those detained include terrorists who, according to Turkish intelligence, are the ones chosen to stage the planned attacks for the group. Those detained in Greece were Huseyin Çakıl, Çagdas Ozan Yavanoglu, Fadik Adıyaman, Mustafa Yılmaz, Serif Turunç, Ali Temiz, Nevzat Kalaycı, İsmail Zat, İleni AçıkgOz, Kadir Kaya, Mehmet Yaman, Hasan Kosar, ZOhre Yılmaz and Havva Suiçmez, who is believed to be the inmate who started the 1996 hunger strike across in several prisons in Turkey.
Greek police never contacted any Turkish authorities during the operations, according to reports. Turkey had recently asked for the extradition of Fadik Adıyaman, Ali Temiz and Nevzat Kalaycı, for whom there is an Interpol red notice.
Turkish police have detained more than 100 people in a series of operations against the DHKP/C since January. The group, listed by Turkey and the United States as a terrorist organization, has carried out attacks in the past in retaliation for arrests of its members.