Turkey sentences German-Kurdish singer to over 6 years in prison

A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced German-Kurdish singer Hozan Cane to more than six years in jail over charges of being in a terrorist organization, Kurdistan 24 reported

Turkish police arrested Cane, whose real name is Saide Inac, in late June over accusations of membership in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) based on her songs and social media activity.

She was visiting Turkey to sing at rallies for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the run-up to elections. The 47-year-old singer, who sought asylum in Germany at the height of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict in the 1990s, is a dual German-Turkish citizen.

Prosecutors requested up to 21 years of imprisonment, adding a second accusation of "inciting public hatred and enmity." They said Cane disseminated propaganda on behalf of the PKK through a social media post in which she poses with alleged Kurdish rebels, according to the online news outlet. 

Cane says the post in question is a scene from her movie “The 74th Genocide in Sinjar." about the Islamic State’s 2014 genocide against the religious minority of Yazidis in Iraq. "I am not a member of any organization. I am merely an artist doing art," she said.

In September this year, Cane pleaded wrote to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, asking for help to gain her release from Turkish prison.