01/06/2012

Three Jailed For Turkish Social Club Arson Attack

Three women were jailed for a combined total of 19 years and four months at court on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 over an arson attack on a Turkish social club in north London, deemed by the judge to be politically and racially motivated.

Two of the women threw four home-made petrol bombs at the Coffee House of the People of Gumushane, because of its Turkish association.

Dilek Dag, 25; Altin Yadirgi, 28; and Dilan Eroglu, 20, pleaded guilty to arson with intent, being reckless as to whether life was endangered. Dag and Yadirgi were jailed for six years and eight months each, and Eroglu for six years.

The court heard the three women were sympathetic to and supported the aims of the Kurdish-linked proscribed group Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan (PKK).

The Metropolitan Police Service Police (MPS) Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) launched an investigation following the attack on 30 December 2011.

All three women pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing on 27 April 2012 and were remanded in custody to appear for sentence at Woolwich Crown Court on the 30 May.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne, Senior National Coordinator Counter Terrorism, said: "These women threw petrol bombs at an occupied social club. It is only by luck that none of these petrol bombs smashed during the course of this attack.

"Had any of them done so the likely consequences would have been a catastrophic fireball that would have caused serious and life threatening injuries in the confined space of the social club."

(GK)

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