Lawyer: American detained in Turkey deported

August 23, 2010 13:57

ANKARA, Turkey — An American detained for allegedly collaborating with Kurdish militants has been deported to the United States, a lawyer said Monday.

Lawyer Serkan Akbas said that his client, Jake Hess, was deported on August 20 after Turkish authorities speeded up the lengthy process.The 25-year old Hess, of Hampton, New Hampshire, was detained in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on August 11.

Authorities said Hess was detained because his name appears in a prosecutor's indictment against Kurdish activists charged with links to Kurdish rebels.

Hess maintained he was targeted because of his writings critical of Turkish treatment of Kurds for Inter Press Service, a Rome-based agency that covers poverty and other issues in developing nations.

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