Kurdish singer jailed over ‘spreading terrorist propaganda’ during a concert

Kurdish singer Aram Serhad (Gökhan Sevinç).

Kurdish singer Gökhan Sevinç, known with his stagename ‘Aram Serhad’, has been jailed on alleged charges of ‘spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization’ during an event organized by pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) two years ago.

Sevinç was taken into custody 4 days ago for allegedly “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization” on grounds of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’s Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan’s poster and banners reading “Humanity massacred in Rojava” and “Mother tongue education is a right” that were unfurled during his concert at an event organized by HDP in Kovancılar district of Elazığ province.

Sevinç was held at İstanbul’s Büyükçekmece Police Department for two days and he was later referred to Elazığ Police Directorate where he was held in custody for another two days. The Kurdish singer was arrested by an Elazığ court on alleged charges of “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization.” Together with Sevinç, 8 other people were also arrested by the same court.

March 11, 2017

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