Kurdistan National Youth spokesperson arrested in Diyarbakir
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan National Youth (CNK) spokesperson Jiyan Timurtas was detained by Turkish security forces in Diyarbakir (Amed) in southeast Turkey (Turkish Kurdistan).
His lawyer Hisar Ozalp told Kurdistan 24 that Timurtas was arrested for being a member of an illegal organization.
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Additional reporting by Mahir Yuksel