Suspected member of Kurdish PKK rebel group arrested in Germany

July 22, 2008 20:22


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Authorities have arrested a man suspected of having been a leading member in Germany of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, prosecutors said Tuesday. The 47-year-old, a Turkish citizen of Kurdish extraction identified only as Huseyin A., was arrested Monday in the northwestern town of Detmold, federal prosecutors said in a statement. The man is also accused of forcing a woman who was expecting a child by another PKK leader in Germany to have an abortion, threatening to kill her if she refused. A judge on Tuesday ordered him kept in custody pending possible charges, the prosecutors' statement said. PKK guerrillas have been fighting for self-rule in southeastern Turkey since 1984.

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