Turkish author detained over suspected terror links released on probation

Author and columnist for leftist daily Evrensel Ayşegül Tezören, who was detained on Tuesday after Istanbul police raided her house over a tip-off, was released on probation on Friday, Evrensel reported.

Tezören was released from police custody after she was taken to court, the daily said.

She was not allowed to see her lawyers on the grounds that there were restrictions over the investigation for 24 hours.

Later, it was revealed that the columnist's detention stemmed from an investigation dating back to 2018 over membership in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for over 30 years.

Tezören’s lawyer said on social media that her client was being prosecuted for giving 200 liras ($34.6) in donations to the poor in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeastern province of Şırnak and for joining a demonstration calling for the border with the Syrian town of Kobani to be opened in 2014, while Kurdish forces in the town were held under siege by the Islamic state.