Arrested Dutch journalist released by Turkish authorities

Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink along with six others released from jail by authorities in Turkey after being detained over alleged links to outlawed PKK

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink

Dutch journalist for Vice News, Frederike Geerdink, along with six others who were arrested on Saturday among a group of 32 people over allegations of relations with the PKK terrorist group were released from custody on Tuesday, according to a lawyer who participated in the hearing in Hakkari in southeast Turkey.

The remaining 26 people will be appearing in court for a detention hearing.

Frederike Geerdink revealed on her Twitter account on Sunday that she was arrested in the Yuksekova district of Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province at 2 am local time (2300 GMT) last night as she was attending a programme organised by the the People’s Democratic Party (HDP).

Geerdink, who started working in Turkey in 2006, writes mainly about the country's Kurdish population.

It was the second time Geerdink has been arrested this week.

The journalist, based in Turkey's Kurdish southeast, was originally arrested on August 31 in the same area along with two other British journalists and an Iraqi translator. She and the British journalists were later released while Iraqi translator Mohamed Ismail Rasool remains in custody.

British journalists Jacob Hanrahan and Phil Pendlebury, meanwhile, returned home to the UK on Sunday, a statement released by Vice News confirmed.

The PKK, which restarted its campaign of terror attacks primarily targeting Turkish security forces in the southeast of the country after its umbrella organisation, the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), ended a ceasefire with the Turkish government in July, is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US, the EU and NATO.

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