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Turkish Court To Decide US Journalist’s Fate Friday August 16, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Turkey, US.
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The fate of an American journalist detained in Turkey on charges of collaborating with Kurdish groups could be known on Friday when he is produced before a court in Istanbul, reports say.

Jake Hess, who has been writing articles mainly for Inter Press Service regarding Kurdish terrorists’ claims of torture in Turkey, was arrested in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir on Wednesday.

He is accused of having collaborated with the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), aiding the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and leaking information to U.S. security services.

The Istanbul court is expected to deliver its verdict on whether Hess should be kept under Turkish custody pending trial or deported immediately to his home country.

Hess, who had written articles highlighting Kurdish issues, had reportedly worked as a translator for the Human Rights Association, a pro-Kurdish organization in Turkey.

His arrest comes at a time Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq launch frequent attacks on Turkey, intensifying its campaign demanding autonomy in mainly Kurdish southeast region of the country.

Despite an alliance, U.S.-Turkish relations are tensed over multiple recent developments. The United States urged Turkey not to send its troops over the border into northern Iraq to fight Kurdish separatist rebels.

Turkey, the U.S. and EU have designated the The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is seeking autonomy for Kurds in south-eastern Turkey since 1984, as a terrorist organization.

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