Turkey to deport Dutch journalist

Dutch journalist, Frederike Geerdink, is set to be deported from Turkey after she was detained on Sunday

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink

Updated Sep 10, 2015

A freelance Dutch journalist, who was detained on September 5 alongside a group of people in Yuksekova province of Hakkari, will be deported from Turkey. She was detained for a second time on Saturday, on the suspicion of helping a terrorist organization, according to Anadolu Agency.

Geerdink was previously detained in January also, and accused of “ spreading propaganda for a terror organisation”, she was exculpated after the first trial in April.

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

She lived for 3 years in Turkeys southeastern Diyarbakir Province, and written mainly about the country's Kurdish population.

On December 5, 2014, she criticized the PKK's jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan’s declaration about disarmament in her blog "Kurdish Matter."

"Ocalan, after all, said a few days ago that a solution to the conflict could be reached within months. So, is he preparing for another ground-breaking speech at Nevruz? Will he declare a permanent cease-fire? I'd be disappointed if he did." Geerdink said.

She was freed with five others on Tuesday and is awaiting deportation in Hakkari.

Hakkari, which neighbours Iran and Iraq, has recently seen a number of fatal attacks by PKK terrorists against Turkish security forces, including Sunday's terror attack that killed 16 soldiers.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU, NATO and the US. It has been carrying out terror attacks, mostly in southeastern Turkey, since the early 1980s.

The group has claimed more than 40,000 lives during 30 years of armed conflict with the Turkish State.

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