Former consultant of Talabani arrested in Ankara


Hatice Yaşar, one of the former consultants of  the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, has been detained at the Esenboğa Airport where she arrived this morning.

She has been arrested after being interrogated by the Istanbul 3rd Court authorized with the 10th article of the anti-terror law.

Having worked as the editor-in-chief of Ala Rızgari magazine before the coup d’état on 12 September 1980, Hatice Yaşar (Xecê) lived in the Kurdistan Federal Region for years.

She has been detained in Ankara with the charge of “coming to Turkey to continue her political activities.”

It has been claimed that arrest warrants for 40 more people along with Hatice Yaşar have been issued by the Istanbul 3rd Court authorized with the 10th article of the anti-terror law.

Hatice Yaşar is accused of “being a member of an armed organization.” Yaşar’s file also includes names of the PKK administrators such as Murat Karayılan, Cemil Bayık, Duran Kalkan, Ali Haydar Kaytan, Zübeyr Aydar, Remzi Kartal and Osman Öcalan.

Arrest warrants were issued for 40-50 people on 5 November 2012, Levent Kanat, Yaşar’s lawyer, said.

Yaşar has been put in prison after the decision of Halil Ibrahim Kütük, the judge of the court, to get Yaşar arrested.

Her lawyer said that the ruling is “unlawful and has been given without any evidence against her.”

While her identity information was registered, Hatice Yaşar said that she lived in Vienna and worked as a lecturer at the University of Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

It has been reported that Yaşar will be transferred to Istanbul where the investigation is carried out.

Update: Hatice Yaşar was released on the 10th of May.