Turkish Police Arrest Kurdish Politician

DIYARBAKIR–Turkey (Reuters)–Turkish authorities on Monday arrested a Kurdish politician–less than a month after the detention of mayors from the same party sparked complaints in the European Union.

Security officials in the southeastern regional capital Diyarbakir said police had detained People’s Democracy Party (HADEP) deputy head Eyup Karakeci in the town of Batman. He was taken before a judge and remanded in custody.

No charges have yet been formally made but Karakeci is expected to be accused of separatist activism in speeches made last month.

Turkey–a membership candidate for the European Union–drew widespread criticism from the 15-nation bloc in February for arresting three HADEP mayors.

The mayors were later released and allowed back to work pending trial on charges of links to armed Kurdish freedom fighters.

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