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Turkish Lawyers In Kyrgyzstan To Defend Journalist

BISHKEK -- Turkish lawyers have arrived in Bishkek to defend a Turkish man arrested in Kyrgyzstan at Ankara's behest on charges of links to terrorist groups, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Turkish journalist Ali Osman Zor, 43, was detained by Kyrgyz police on May 2. He is wanted by Turkish officials for his alleged involvement in a terrorist group connected with Al-Qaeda that wants to create an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East.

Sabyr Mambetov, spokesman for the Bishkek-based organization Taza Din (Pure Religion), told RFE/RL on May 19 that lawyers Guben Yilmaz and Ahmed Arslan have arrived in Bishkek and officially filed a request to free Zor on bail.

Khurnisa Makhadinova, deputy chairwoman of the Adilet (Justice) Human Rights Center in Bishkek, told RFE/RL last week that Zor arrived in Kyrgyzstan about nine months ago and applied for political asylum.

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