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Singer, previously threatened with death, charged over sympathetic speech for guerillas, investigated over article

(BIANET/IFEX) - The Izmir Public Prosecututor's Office filed a case against artist Ferhat Tunc on allegations of "propagation of the illegal pro-Kurdish guerilla group PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)", based on a speech he made during a concert in Alanya last year.

"Guerillas who lose their lives are sons of this country just as the soldiers who die. My heart bleeds for each soldier and each guerilla who gets killed," he said during a concert on 22 July 2006.

The first sitting of the court is scheduled for 6 June at Izmir 10th High Criminal Court.

If convicted, Tunc faces between one year and a half and 15 years of imprisonment, as stated in the Prevention of Terrorism Law (TMY).

Tunc still faces two other legal investigations related to an article he wrote for the "Ulkede Ozgur Gundem" daily and for participating in the initiative to meet private Coskun Krandi on his release from the guerillas who abducted him.

Known for his critical approach regarding the Kurdish issue in Turkey, Tunc has received death threats from radical nationalist groups. He is also known to have been warned by the security forces "to be cautious."

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