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Kyrgyzstan arrests Turkish journalist

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 11 May 2011
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May 11, 2011

Kyrgyzstan says it has detained a Turkish journalist in Bishkek on suspicion of belonging to an Islamist terrorist organization.

The Kyrgyz security services have said Ali Osman Zor was a member of the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders Front, which seeks the establishment of a Caliphate in the Middle East.

Reports said Zor was detained on May 2 in response to a request from Turkey.

He had arrived in Kyrgyzstan last year, where he has been working as a journalist for Turkish media, and applied for political asylum citing alleged persecution by Turkish authorities.

Zor has called for an overthrow of the Turkish government.

compiled from agency reports

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