Istanbul airport: Turkey detains ‘Kurdish female militant’

She faces up to 15 years in jail on charges of membership of an armed ‘terror’ group


Afp November 27, 2016

ISTANBUL: Turkish police on Sunday detained a woman accused of being a wanted Kurdish militant at Istanbul’s main airport, state media said. Sara Aktas was detained at Ataturk International Airport while seeking to travel to Germany, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. It said she is accused of being a key figure in the Kurdistan Communities Union, which the authorities regard as the urban wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). She faces up to 15 years in jail on charges of membership of an armed ‘terror’ group, it said. MPs from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party strongly disputed the official version of events.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 28th, 2016.

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