| 25 February 2024, Sunday |

Turkey detains medical group head on ‘terrorist propaganda’ charge

Turkish police have detained the head of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), Sebnem Korur Fincanci, for allegedly “spreading terrorist group propaganda”, the state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday.

The Ankara chief prosecutor’s office as saying a request had been made to a civil court for the termination of her role as head of the association and for the selection of a new chairperson, the news agency reported.

It said the investigation was launched over statements Fincanci made to a media organ of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group last week in which she commented on alleged chemical weapons’ use by the Turkish armed forces.

Last week, President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters the armed forces had never used chemical weapons and that legal action would be taken against those who made such accusations.

  • Reuters