Kyrgyzstan arrests Turkish journalist
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||11 May 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Kyrgyzstan arrests Turkish journalist, 11 May 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4dd3cb9c2b.html [accessed 10 December 2013]|
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