Trial against the Kurdish singer Yılmaz Dünen
The Kurdish singer Farquin (real name: Yılmaz Dünen) is facing a prison sentence of between seven and 20 years, charged with ‘membership of an illegal organisation’ and ‘spreading propaganda for an illegal organisation’.
Farquin is apparently on trial because he hosted the welcome ceremony in Diyarbakır for a group of people allegedly affiliated with the PKK who came from Iraq to Turkey in 2009. Yılmaz Dünen addressed the audience saying “Welcome to the capital in everyone’s heart”.
This was reported by Antenna.tr on 18 July and by BİA News Center on 20 July 2011.
A total of 26 refugees from the UN refugee camp in Mahmur and eight former members of the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) crossed the border to south-eastern Turkey upon imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s call on 19 October 2009. They followed their own personal decisions as an attempt to push forward the jammed political process of finding a solution to the Kurdish question.
The eighth hearing of the case held in July 2011 was discussed in the Turkish media. However, the prosecutor presented his final speech on the substance of the matter and the case was postponed to 1 November 2011 in order to allow additional time for the defence.