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Celal Kildag Arrested
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Terror Suspect in Grand Cayman Under Turkish Interpol Terror Warrant

Celal Kildag, 58, from Lüdenscheid, Germany was aboard MSC Cruises MSC Opera with his wife when the cruise ship arrived in Grand Cayman on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Kildag, originally from Dersim, Tunceli, Turkey was traveling on a German passport when he was arrested during passenger inspections when he disembarked the cruise ship.

Kildag was arrested after police in Cayman were alerted to an Interpol Red Notice which stated he was wanted for terrorism in Turkey. Kildag emigrated to Germany in 1980 when he was granted political asylum from Turkey.

When he appeared in court, Magistrate Grace Donalds told him, “You are accused of the commission of offenses in the extradition territory of Turkey, namely carrying out terrorist acts on behalf of an armed terrorist organization the PKK/KCK and attempting to separate some parts of land under the state. These acts are said to have been carried out by you together with others on April 23, 1988, leading to the shooting and murder of two victims and the burning of two primary schools.”

Awaiting the results on a pending extradition order, he has been held in Northward prison. He was granted bail and has been in a hotel with his family as he awaits the extradition hearing, scheduled for February 21 and 22.

According to his brother, Hüseyin Kildag, who is also from Turkey but living in Germany, Celal Kildag never went back to Turkey after being given asylum, then citizenship in Germany.

Hüseyin Kildag was a member of the Turkish Republican People's Party or Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (CHP). The CHP, along with all other political parties of the time, was closed down for a brief period by the military coup of 1980. After the 1980 military coup, the name of "Republican People's Party" and the abbreviation CHP were banned from use by the military regime.

Celal Kildag is accused of being a member of Kurdish separatist movement , the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in 1988. The PKK has been listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the United States.

In this video PKK rebels wearing Ghillie type suits, throw grenades at the Turkish military, as they attempt to take a hilltop. One PKK rebel has a helmet cam filming the action.



The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is an armed terrorist organization, previously listed as such by the United States and the European Union. Founded in 1974 and assuming paramilitary functions in 1984, the Marxist-Leninist and separatist PKK has used violence and terrorism in pursuit of Kurdish secession from the Republic of Turkey.

PKK in the past, has been accused of kidnappings, murder, narcotics trafficking and terror tactics which have led to tens of thousands of military and civilian deaths during recent decades.

However, more recently, the PKK and its Syrian affiliate have emerged as the United States' most effective battlefield partners against Islamic State, also known as ISIS, even though the U.S. and its allies have for decades listed the PKK as a terrorist group.

PKK is known for use of mines, snipers and small ambushes and suicide bombings. In June 2004, 2,000 Kurdish guerrillas entered Turkey via Iraqi Kurdistan, which fortified the number in Turkey.

In May 2016, a Turkish Bell AH-1 SuperCobra helicopter was shot down by a PKK-fired Russian made MANPADS, as seen in the video.



Now the PKK is being targeted in a bigger Turkish security crackdown, following the botched July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by some Turkish officers. This may explain the Interpol red alert for the arrest of Celal Kildag.

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Supporting Information & Resources:

  • Wikipedia - Republic People's Party (PKK)
  • CIA World Factbook on Turkey

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