2 Czechs arrested in Turkey, charged with terrorism

2016-11-17 20:07
Turkish soldiers stand in a Turkish army tank near the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus. (Bulent Kilic, AFP, file)

Turkish soldiers stand in a Turkish army tank near the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus. (Bulent Kilic, AFP, file)

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Prague - A Czech official says two Czech nationals have been arrested in Turkey and charged with belonging to a terror group.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Michaela Lagronova said they were arrested on October 13 in the Sirnak province while trying to cross the border to Iraq.

Lagronova said the Turkish authorities found materials that linked them to YPG, a Kurdish group that has been battling the Islamic State militants with the aid of US airstrikes but Turkey considers its members terrorists.

She said the ministry has contact with them through their lawyer and is trying to use all means to get them deported to the Czech Republic.

The pro-government Daily Sabah identified the two as Miroslav Farkas and Marketa Vselichova, who have previously expressed their support for the Kurdish forces in interviews with Czech media.

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