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 Sweden arrest alleged PKK member

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Sweden arrest alleged PKK member  26.10.2010   

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October 26, 2010

BRUSSELS, Belgium, — A Turkish citizen arrested in Sweden on suspicion of terrorism is believed to be a member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a separatist rebel group, Belgian prosecutors said Monday.

The arrest of the man at Stockholm's international airport was linked to a dragnet launched in March which targeted PKK activities in Belgium, said Leen Nuyts, a spokeswoman for the Belgian federal prosecutor's office.

The man, who is wanted by Belgian authorities, is "suspected of being a member of a terrorist organisation," Nuyts told AFP. His identity has not been revealed.                    
Eight people were arrested in Belgium on March 4 and charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group. Six were released conditionally on March 25 while two were kept in detention.

Around 300 Belgian police officers conducted 28 searches to dismantle a network that was recruiting young volunteers to join the PKK.

The PKK is considered a 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.

Since 1984 the PKK [Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan] took up arms for greater rights and autonomy in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey [Turkey-Kurdistan] which has claimed around 45,000 lives of Turkish soldiers and Kurdish PKK guerrillas.

The PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds' identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country's Kurdish areas, the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms.

A large Turkey's Kurdish community estimate to over 20 million openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

Belgian authorities issued a European arrest warrant for the man who was arrested in the Swedish capital on Friday after he was not found in the March raids,
www.ekurd.netNuyt said.

Belgium has made an extradition request, which is being review by Swedish authorities.

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