Turkey arrests 12 in southeast on terrorism charges

Turkish police on Monday detained 12 people, including Kurdish businesspersons, over terrorism charges in an operation based in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakır, Ihlas news agency reported.

Police raided the homes of the suspects in the early hours of Monday, Ihlas said, who are accused of financing the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been fighting an insurgency against the Turkish state for almost four decades.

The suspects are accused of transferring money they obtained by securing tenders of pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) municipalities, which Ankara accuses of having sympathies and acting in the interest of the PKK.

2018 report showed that almost one-third of the HDP’s members had been detained since a peace process between Turkey and the PKK collapsed in 2015, and thousands of HDP members remain in prisons - making up a significant portion of Turkey’s 50,000 prisoners who face terrorism charges.