French file preliminary charges against Turkish driver of 1 of 3 Kurdish activists killed

Associated Press

PARIS - A French prosecutor has filed preliminary charges against a Turkish man who worked as a driver for one of three Kurdish activists gunned down earlier this month in Paris.

The suspect drove for the most prominent victim, a woman who helped found the Kurdistan Workers Party, a group seeking autonomy for Turkey's Kurds.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said Monday that there is "serious and corroborating evidence" to show that the suspect had a role in the Jan. 10 killings.

Turkey has been holding talks with the rebel group, known as the PKK, to try to persuade it to disarm.

The conflict between the PKK and Turkey has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 1984. Turkey has suggested those opposed to the talks may have been involved in the Paris killings.

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