French citizen suspected of links to YPG detained in southeast

Published 03.08.2017 00:21

A French citizen was detained at the Habur Border Gate in southeastern Turkey Wednesday with the suspicion of aid and abetting the People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorist organization.

According to information received from security sources, French national Laup Jean Rene Bureau was stopped by security forces while trying to cross to Turkey due to a suspicion.

As a result of initial investigations, it was determined that the Bureau had photographs that were taken with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and YPG as well as video recordings and documents with their propaganda, advertising the branch of the terrorist organization. Meanwhile, Turkey accused two Czech citizens, Miroslav Farkas and Marketa Vselichova, of membership in the YPG and sentenced the two to six years and three months in prison yesterday. The two were arrested on Nov. 13 in Şırnak province while trying to cross from Turkey to Iraq. In response to the sentences, the Czech Republic's foreign minister said that he is disappointed that a Turkish court sentenced two Czech nationals to stiff prison terms for belonging to the YPG. Czech officials reject Farkas and Vselichova had anything to do with terrorism. According to official sources, Turkey added more than 16,000 suspects to its no-entry list in 2016 via intelligence sharing with other countries under the scope of its anti-Daesh and anti-YPG fight. Nearly 4,000 foreign terrorists have been deported from Turkey as a result of security operations.

According to figures from the Interior Ministry, security forces detained 3,359 suspects in 2016. Among them, 1,313 people, including 679 foreign nationals were arrested for suspected links to terrorist groups. The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU, resumed its armed campaign against the state in July 2015 after two-and-a-half years of reconciliation.

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