Mayors detained in Turkey’s east


Police detained one of the co-mayors of the eastern province of Siirt, as well as the co-mayors of Tunceli (Dersim) province early on Nov. 16 as part of a terrorism-linked probe, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.   

The arrest of Siirt Co-Mayor Tuncer Bakırhan, who belongs to the Democratic Regions Party (DBP) came after Siirt Public Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant as part of an investigation into the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Police are continuing to search Bakırhan’s home and his municipal office, the source said.       

Police also detained the co-mayors in Tunceli, Mehmet Ali Bul and Nurhayat Altun, who also belong to the DBP.

In late October, Dıyarbakir Co-Mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı, both also from the DBP, were remanded in custody as part of an investigation into alleged terrorism.


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