Rewards for Justice - Reward Offers for Information on DHKP/C Key Leaders: Musa Asoglu, Zerin Sari, and Seher Demir Sen
- Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 13:57
- Written by IVN
Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice program is offering rewards for information on three key leaders of the terrorist organization the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (in Turkish: Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi, or DHKP/C). The Department has authorized rewards of up to $3 million each for information leading to the location of Musa Asoglu, Zerrin Sari, and Seher Demir Sen.
DHKP/C was created in 1994 when its predecessor group, Devrimci Sol or Dev Sol, splintered. The group has targeted U.S. interests, including U.S. military and diplomatic personnel and facilities, NATO personnel and facilities, and Turkish targets since the 1990s. The U.S. Department of State designated DHKP/C a Foreign Terrorist Organization on October 8, 1997. In February 2013, a suicide bomber affiliated with the group attacked the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, killing a Turkish security guard.
Musa Asoglu is a member of DHKP/C’s central committee, the group’s top decision-making body, and is believed to lead the group’s financial affairs and fundraising activities in Europe. Asoglu joined DHKP/C in the 1990s while a resident of the Netherlands. He reportedly inherited leadership of the group after its founding leader, Dursun Karatas, died in 2008.
Zerrin Sari is the widow of DHKP/C founder Karatas and a member of DHKP/C’s central committee. Sari is believed to currently reside in Belgium, the Netherlands, or Germany.
Seher Demir Sen participated in Dev Sol in the 1980s and joined DHKP/C after it formed in 1994. She currently serves on DHKP/C’s central committee. Sen was last known to be residing in Greece, but may have left the country due to targeted Greek counterterrorism and law enforcement activity against DHKP/C. Her current whereabouts are unconfirmed.
The Rewards for Justice program is administered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $125 million to more than 80 people who provided actionable information that put terrorists behind bars or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide.