Turkey accuses man of terrorism over fighting alongside Kurdish Peshmerga against ISIS terrorist group
Turkey has accused a Kurdish man of ” membership in a terrorist group and propaganda” for fighting alongside the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces against the Islamic State (IS) in the past few years, a report said on Tuesday.
The extremist group attacked Iraq and some parts of the Kurdistan Region in mid-2014, where the Peshmerga troops, backed by the US-led coalition, fought the insurgents on behalf of the whole world.
Jiyan Timurtas, a Kurdish citizen of Turkey from the city of Diyarbakir, volunteered to fight against the militants in Iraq alongside the Kurdish forces.
Talking to Kurdistan 24 on Monday, his lawyer Neset Girasun, said that the Turkish authorities argued that Timurtas is a “terrorist” and that he should be imprisoned for up to 17.5 years on both charges.
“He is considered a member of the PKK,” the lawyer explained to the reporter, using an acronym for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a group which is designated as a “terrorist organization” by Ankara.