Court arrests five on terrorism charges

April 06, 2012, Friday/ 15:13:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

One of two suspects who were detained by police in an operation carried out against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the eastern province of Van was arrested by a Van court on Friday.

The Van Police Department's counterterrorism unit detained two suspects, E.A. and M.G.P., after conducting an operation on Tuesday. M.G.P. was referred to court after the two suspects were interrogated by a prosecutor. The court arrested M.G.P. on charges of aiding and abetting a terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, 34 of 38 suspects who were detained by the İstanbul Police Department's counterterrorism units in simultaneous operations in 40 separate locations on Tuesday, were referred to İstanbul's Beşiktaş Courthouse after interrogation. The suspects face charges of organizing and participating in illegal, violent celebrations of Nevruz -- a spring festival mostly celebrated by Kurds -- in which many police officers were injured.

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