The Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office on Friday launched an investigation following a statement by pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Garo Paylan announcing that he had received intelligence about assassination plans targeting Turkish citizens living in Europe.
Speaking during a press conference in Parliament on Wednesday, Paylan said: “I received intelligence last week about plans of assassination or a chain of assassinations targeting our citizens living in Europe, particularly those in Germany. The information I have was verified by multiple sources.”
He added that the intelligence points to three assassins.
Paylan was invited to testify in the investigation, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.
“Thousands of academics, journalists, politicians and opinion leaders have been forced to leave for Europe, in particular because of the latest oppressive policies of the AKP [ruling Justice and Development Party],” Paylan added.
“These journalists and academics have been labeled as ‘traitors’ by the government, the president and the media. Such discourse in politics unfortunately triggers action by certain groups,” he stressed.
According to Paylan, the plotters have a list of assassinations in their hands. He also said he informed Turkish intelligence, the police and relevant ministers about the tip.