Academic Fikret Başkaya briefly detained in Ankara

Academic Fikret Başkaya briefly detained in Ankara

Academic Fikret Başkaya briefly detained in Ankara

Police on Nov. 27 briefly detained academic Fikret Başkaya at his residence in the capital Ankara as part of an investigation into the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

A local prosecutor’s office had issued detention warrants earlier for a total of 17 suspects as part of the investigation, according to the report.

Ten of the suspects, including Başkaya, were detained during counterterrorism police operations in the early hours of the morning.

Police also conducted a search of Başkaya’s residence, seizing three of his books, laptop, desktop computers and mobile phone, the news website Duvar reported.

The suspects were taken to police headquarters and were reportedly detained for allegedly “providing financial aid to a terror organization” and “engaging in propaganda in favor of the organization on social media.”

Police are still working on apprehending the remaining suspects.

Başkaya, 77, was released after giving his testimony, main opposition Republican People Party (CHP) deputy Murat Emir stated via his official Twitter account, adding that Başkaya had been detained over an article he had written.