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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish KDP security forces seized the headquarters of Standard Kurd Media and research institute on Tuesday following the arrest of the agency’s head.
“A security force has seized the building of Standard Kurd after the arrest of the agency’s head,” Director of Standard Kurd’s Press, Farman Rashad, told NRT.
Head of Standard Kurd, Massoud Abdul Khaliq, remains in detention despite a judge’s decision to release Khaliq on bail.
NRT said Khaliq was detained after a lawsuit was issued by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) acting Minister of Peshmerga, Karim Sinjari, over a story released on the Standard Kurd website, which allegedly poses a threat to national security.
Khaliq’s lawyer, Wishyar Ismail, told NRT that they appeared in court over the lawsuit on Tuesday and the judge decided to release the Standard Kurd head on bail.
“Though a judge decided to release him on bail, a police officer at Badawa Police station told us that he would not be released unless Erbil Police Director, Abdulkhaliq Talaat, decides,” the lawyer added.
“We tried to grant another bail but the police officer said he wouldn’t be released without a decision from Abdulkhaliq Talaat even if you grant six other bails,” the lawyer continued.
In March 2017, Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP security forces in Erbil broke into the headquarters of a media and research institution, Standard Kurd, bringing its mission to a halt, the head of the institution said.
Standard Kurd was shut down ahead of a seminar which was planned to launch in March 2017 by the institution named “Tensions between KDP [the Kurdistan Democratic Party] and PKK [the Kurdistan Workers’ Party], Impacts of Resolution Horizon.”
Need to be mentioned that clashes break out in the district of Sinune in Sinjar on March 3, 2017 after KDP-Roj Peshmerga were deployed to the area that is controlled by the YBS, a group loyal to PKK.
Erbil is under the control of Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP security forces.
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