A man believed to be a leader of the Turkish Hezbollah has requested asylum in the Netherlands, according to Dutch daily de Volkskrant. The Hezbollah movement was responsible for a large number of terrorist attacks in Turkey the 1990s.
A special unit of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Department (IND) and the Dutch embassy in Ankara are investigating whether Abdulvahap Ekinci was involved in serious crimes.
The Turkish Hezbollah is not connected to the Lebanese Hezbollah. The movement fought to establish an Islamic state in south-east Turkey in the 1980s and 1990s. The ‘Party of God’ has been responsible for the killings of prominent intellectuals, government officials and activists of the rival Kurdish separatist movement, the PKK. The movement has not shied away from using torture and other cruel methods to deal with its opponents.