Demonstrators protest at the occassion of the review of the all DHKP-C case in Brussels
Demonstrators protest against the use of the laws against terrorism in 2009, at the occassion of the review of the all DHKP-C (Turkish Revolutionary People's Liberation Party Front) case in Brussels. A 19-year-old French student of Turkish descent was arrested and detained last month on suspicion of links with the group, her lawyer told AFP on Friday. © Benoit Doppagne - AFP/BELGA/File
Demonstrators protest at the occassion of the review of the all DHKP-C case in Brussels
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Last updated: June 8, 2012

French girl held in Turkey over suspected extremism

A 19-year-old French student of Turkish descent was arrested and detained last month on suspicion of links with an outlawed far-left extremist group, her lawyer told AFP on Friday.

Sevil Sevimli came to Turkey from Lyon, southeast France, to complete a final year of studies using Erasmus, the inter-European university exchange scheme, said Sami Kahraman.

She switched to university in the central Anatolian province of Eskisehir.

Sevimli was arrested on May 10 along with five others and has been accused of committing crimes under Article 316 of the Turkish penal code, which can carry a penalty of up to 12 years imprisonment.

Born in France to Turkish parents but of French nationality, the suspect "wanted to come to Turkey to see her home country but she is now standing accused of committing a serious crime," said the lawyer.

Police suspected her of having links with the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), which the United States and the EU has listed as a terrorist group, he added.

"She is accused of having attended the May Day parade, and having gone to a concert of a music band called Yorum," a group known to have a socialist ideology, said the lawyer.

The DHKP-C has, since 1976, been behind numerous attacks against the Turkish state that have left dozens dead, including two retired generals and a former justice minister.

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