Three Kurds threatened with 90 years jail over Kurdish music and festival12/07/2012 11:28
ERBL, July 12 (AKnews)- Three young Kurds from Turkey are threatened with 90 years imprisonment over charges of participating in the Kurdish national festival of Newroz and membership in the banned Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK).
The public prosecutor has accused them of listening to Kurdish partisan songs, related to Kurdish guerrillas and banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and of publishing the songs and some snaps related to rebels on their facebook accounts, Firat news agency said.
The charges also include participation in Newroz festival following an order from KCK and throwing stones and Molotov bottles at police when celebrating the festival.
"They are members of the organization (KCK), perform activities on behalf of the organization, publicize for the organization, have carried dangerous and banned substances, have countered police, have deliberately wounded one person and caused damages to the state property," the indictment said.
The prosecutor thus demands 30 years imprisonment for each of the three people.
Two of the detainees are only 19 years old and the other is 20. They were arrested on April 24 this year for participation in Newroz festival during the large campaign against supporters of KCK, PKK's ally.
They were released and once more arrested on May 2 and sent to Mersin prison.