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Terrorism charges filed against Michigan restaurant owner-Ibrahim Parlak  20.10.2004


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. government filed three terrorism-related counts against a Turkish immigrant already being detained on immigration charges.

The latest charges, filed Thursday, do not detail specific allegations but accuse Ibrahim Parlak of committing, inciting or supporting terrorist activities, said Greg Palmore, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman in Detroit.

The government has said Parlak, 42, once had ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a group now known as KONGRA-GEL and considered a terrorist organization by the United States. He is accused of failing to disclose ties to the group and a criminal conviction when he applied for permanent residence.

Parlak, a Kurd, was stripped of his Turkish citizenship after he was convicted in 1988 of being involved in a firefight on the Syrian-Turkish border in which two Turkish soldiers were killed. He has maintained his innocence.

He was given political asylum in the United States in 1992 and owns a Middle Eastern restaurant in southwestern Michigan.

Noel Saleh, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, said he and Parlak were "very disappointed" by the charges.

Parlak could deported if convicted of any charge. He has been detained since Aug. 10




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