Dutch arrest PKK member wanted in France

10th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 September 2007, THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch authorities have arrested a member of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) wanted in France for allegedly financing and organising the group's activities, prosecutors said Sunday.

10 September 2007

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch authorities have arrested a member of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) wanted in France for allegedly financing and organising the group's activities, prosecutors said Sunday.

"He will be extradited to France," prosecutors said in a statement.

The 29-year-old had been hiding among supporters and was arrested Saturday night in De Lier in the west of the country, it said.

When he was arrested in France in February, authorities had also seized a semi-automatic weapon.

He had been released from custody in France, but was prohibited from leaving the Paris region and was required to report to police once a week.

He disappeared in late August, resulting in Paris issuing an arrest warrant.

The outlawed PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has stepped up its military activity this year.

The group has been fighting for self-rule in Turkey's mainly Kurdish areas in the east and southeast since 1984 in a bloody conflict that has claimed more than 37,000 lives.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

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