Swedes Imprisoned in Turkey, Syria
Two Swedes of Kurdish origin have been released from jail in Turkey, pending their trial.
They have been accused of making propaganda for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party, the PKK, when they issued a statement saying the military build-up in eastern Turkey is aimed at the entire Kurdish people.
The two deny the charges, saying they are fighting for the rights of the Kurds, but through peaceful and democratic methods. Swedish Radio News says Turkey’s hopes for membership in the European Union may be affected by how the rights of the Kurds are respected.
Meanwhile, it’s been reported that a Swedish-Iraqi politician who disappeared in Syria more than a year ago is a prisoner in Damascus. The man, who holds both Swedish and Iraqi citizenship, was working as an economic advisor for the Iraqi government. It’s unclear what he has been charged with.