A Turkish terror suspect who arrived in Grand Cayman on a cruise ship is facing extradition to the eastern European country in connection with the murder of two people and the burning of two primary schools in 1988.
Celal Kildag was arrested Thursday after police in Cayman were alerted to his presence on a ship in port in George Town harbor.
He is accused of being part of a Kurdish separatist movement said to have committed terrorist atrocities in eastern Turkey.
Kildag appeared before Magistrate Grace Donalds to hear the charges Friday morning.
She said, “You are accused of the commission of offences 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 the 23rd April 1988 leading to the shooting and murder of two victims and the burning of primary schools.”
Speaking through an interpreter, he denied knowledge the offences saying he had lived in Germany for the past 34 years and had a German passport.
He was remanded in custody and a second hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
Crown prosecutor Cheryll Richards said there was a 45 day window to review a formal extradition application from Turkey and have it certified by the Governor.
Assuming he does not voluntarily agree to be extradited to Turkey, a hearing will take place in Cayman to determine if he should be sent there to face the charges.
See Monday’s Cayman Compass for the full story. — Ed.