Turkey: Mayors arrested over alleged terror links

Four mayors from Peoples' Democratic Party accused of being member of terror group

Halil Ibrahim Sincar   | 15.11.2019
Turkey: Mayors arrested over alleged terror links

MARDIN, Turkey

Four mayors, along with 20 municipal officials, were arrested in Turkey's southeastern provinces due to their suspected links to a terror group, judicial sources said Friday.

Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP)'s mayors Gulistan Oncu in Savur, Mulkiye Esmez in Derik, Nalan Ozaydin in Mazidagi districts of Mardin, Hatice Cevik in Suruc district of Sanliurfa and 20 other municipal officials were arrested as part of ongoing terrorism investigations, provincial prosecutors said.

In mid-August, mayors in Diyarbakir, Mardin, and Van provinces were suspended over alleged terror links. They all were from the HDP, which Turkey's government accuses of having links to the PKK terror group.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the European Union -- has been responsible for deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

* Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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