US consulate employee remanded in Turkey over terror links

| Updated: Mar 08, 2017 05:01 IST

Mardin [Turkey], Mar. 7 (ANI): An employee of the U.S. Sonsulate in Turkey's southern Adana province on Tuesday was sent to in custody over alleged links to the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) terrorist organisation, according to a judicial source. According to Turkey's Anadolu news agency, Hamza Ulucay, employed as a translator by the U.S. Consulate in Adana, was detained on February 23 on the suspicion of attempting to incite people through provocative demonstrations on behalf of the PKK, and later released under judicial control. Ulucay's arrest came after a top PKK member, codenamed Behzat, was killed in southeastern Mardin province. The suspect allegedly went to Mardin after the killing and incited people in favour of PKK. According to the source, the remand followed an objection by the public prosecutor in Mardin against Ulucay's release. The PKK has been listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union (EU). (ANI)