The Turkish authorities released again late Friday the Syrian singer Omar Suleiman in southeastern Turkey, after he was arrested for the second time on accusations that he has links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party – the People’s Protection Units, according to an AFP photographer.
The photographer stated that Suleiman was released at 19:30 GMT, after a confusing day in which he was released in the morning before being re-arrested.
Suleiman was arrested last Wednesday in Sanliurfa, where he ran a bakery after fleeing the war in Syria that began in 2011.
Police questioned Suleiman about reports alleging he had links to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers to be an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is classified in Turkey, the European Union and the United States as a “terrorist organization.”
The People’s Protection Units (YPG) led the fight against the extremist Islamic State under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces, with the support of the international coalition led by the United States.
Suleiman was accused of “terrorist propaganda”, but it was not immediately clear whether any formal charges had been brought against him despite his release. He returned to his home in Karakobro, where his family and loved ones were waiting for him.