Hikmet Fidan

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Hikmet Fidan (1955? – 6 July 2005), a Kurdish politician of Turkey, was the former deputy leader of the Democratic People's Party (HADEP) until it was banned by the Constitutional Court in 2003.[1] He was also the founder of the party.[2]

He was assassinated on 6 July 2005[2] around noon in Diyarbakir's Baglar district by two armed murderers who shot him once in the back of the head with a silencer.

Fidan had been working to form an alternative organization called the Patriotic Democratic Party (Partîya Welatparêzên Demokratên Kurdistan (PWD) with Osman Ocalan, brother of the jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. The PWD declared that, just before his death, Fidan had met with PWD groups in Northern Iraq in order to organize their activities in Turkey. Fidan was the coordinator of the PWD which was established by Osman Ocalan after he left the PKK.[3]

Hikmet Fidan's son, Zınnar Tarık Fidan, claimed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was responsible for the assassination of his father. According to a Milliyet daily report, Tarık Fidan said his father was against political interference coming from Abdullah Öcalan or the PKK groups in the north of Iraq, adding: “It's obvious who committed the murder. When one puts the pieces together, it points in one direction.” He said his father supported democratic efforts instead of armed confrontation, adding, “My father was a threat to them. He was dividing the organization. I was a witness to many threats made against him.”[4]

In 2008, three years after his assassination, Fidan was bizarrely sentenced to nine months in prison by the 1st Criminal Court of First Instance of Antalya for “talking in Kurdish” during an election campaign.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liaison and info bulletin no.244". Institut Kurde. July 2005. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b R. Özgür Dönmez; Pınar Enneli. "The Case of the PKK in Turkey after the Invasion of Iraq" (PDF). Interdisciplinary. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Chronology of the Important Events in the World/PKK Chronology (1976-2006)". Turkish Weekly. 27 May 2007. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  4. ^ "PKK blamed for assassination of HADEP executive". Turkish Daily news quoted in Turkish Diary. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Dead Writer And People Who Cannot Speak Kurdish Sentenced For Speaking Kurdish". Bianet. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2009.