On Thursday May 30, 2013, at around 21:30 pm, five people in a private car in the center of Athens abducted Bulut Yayla a Kurdish (Turkish citizen) political refugee. At that time the 24 year old Yayla was leaving a small Kurdish restaurant, when five people pounced on him, beat him and threw him in their car, covering his eyes and mouth. Four of the five kidnappers got into the car and vanished, while the fifth walked to where a Greek police patrol car was parked, for a few minutes after the incident.

The Kurdish political refugee kidnapping took place in front of some people who came to listen to the victim for help. Some of  them recorded the license plate of the car (ZKI 8462). Relatives, lawyers and fellow investigating the issue contend that the unmarked car belongs to the Greek Police. Police officials denied all allegations and involvement and ordered an official inquiry on the issue;  after the delivery of the victim was complete.

The next day the Greek Police moved the kidnapped victim close to the Turkish border, where they handed him to the Turkish (counter) terrorism agency.  Throughout the mission he was wearing a hood and continued till the time he entered the Turkish agency van, according to the complaint filed later by the kidnapped. The vehicle crossed the border through an opening in the fence, bypassing customs control. Past the border he was forced into another vehicle and  another group of cops took charge of his transfer to Istanbul, some of whom spoke English, Turkish, and more …

On Saturday, June 1, 2013 his lawyers and family said Yayla was arrested by Istanbul’s (counter) terrorist Agency thugs, and that during his transfer and detention he was tortured and abused. Yayla Bulut appeared two months ago in Greece and appealed to the
Greek Council for Refugees, and applied for political asylum. Indeed, his application was certified three weeks ago. The kidnapping of a Kurdish political refugee by the Greek police and surrender to the Turkish police and other authorities shows that the repressive apparatus of the two states have a close collaboration with each other. The upper class, the state, and repressive mechanisms of Greece and Turkey have always worked closely and coordinated actions against their “common internal enemy”, while their media misinformation does not stop the propaganda of  “alleged hostility between the two peoples” and emphasize the poor diplomatic relations between Greece and Turkey …

In order to safeguard their interests the two states never hesitate to carry out operations such as illegal home entry, beatings, torture, apprehension, interrogation, and even mafia styled kidnappings.  The kidnapping incident of Yayla Bulut revealed once more what the objectives of this state propaganda and foreign policy nourish.  The old Roman and British social control and exploitation directive of “divide and conquer”!

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