vendredi 16 janvier 2015

Iraqi Turkmens commemorate the execution of their leaders under the Baath government

Excerpt of Erşat Hürmüzlü's book: The Turkmen and Iraqi Homeland  - published by Kerkük Vakfı.

Execution of Turkmen Leaders

On March 25, 1979, a group of Turkmen leaders was arrested. Along them were Dr. NAJDET NURADDIN KOCAK and (retired) Brigadier ABDULLAH ABDULRAHMAN. This was just a few days after the arrests of Dr. REDHA DEMIRCHI and a businessman, ADEL SHARIF.

For nine months, right up to the day before their execution, their exact location and legal charges against them were unknown. Their families were notified they had been granted permission to visit them for a farewell meeting only on the eve of their execution.

They had been sentenced to death on January 6, 1980, by the notorious Revolutionary Court that had denied them a fair trial or professional, legal defence. Hence, the Baath government, for the first time, demonstrated their willingness to carry out the execution and assassination of Turkmen activities.
This was the demise of Dr DEMIRCHI who was believed to succumb to horrible punishment in the prison.
Obviously, to obtain confessions, the bodies of the others revealed horrifying marks as a result of punishments during interrogation.

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