İsmail Akkol has been identified as a suspect in the assassination Özdemir Sabancı, the Sabancı Holding board member who was killed in 1996.
Akkol along with Fadik Adıyaman, the two members of outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) were detained in Aydın's Söke district early on Feb. 2 on suspicion of planning suicide bomb attacks. While Akkol was arrested for the “Sabancı assassination” Adıyaman was arrested for the execution of his definitive prison sentence.
Greek police had detained four suspects, including DHKP-C leader Hüseyin Fevzi Tekin and Akkol, on Feb. 10, 2014 during an operation on residences in the Gizi neighborhood of Athens.
According to Greek media reports, Akkol confessed in his interrogation that the weapons found in their Gizi house were bought to be used in attacks on Turkish territory.
Akkol was later released by a local court, although Turkish authorities had demanded his extradition for his alleged involvement in the murder of businessman Özdemir Sabancı in 1996.
Leading Turkish industrialist Özdemir Sabancı, his secretary Nilgün Hasefe, and Toyotasa General Manager Haluk Görgün, were killed in an armed attack in the headquarters of Sabancı Holding in 1996.