Kurdish singer sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison

Two Kurdish musician stand trial for alleged membership in the PKK.

The hearing of the case against Koma Pel soloist İlyas Arzu and singer Jiyan Savcı was held at the 2nd Heavy Penal Court in Adana on Wednesday. The two Kurdish musicians, both of whom are standing trial without arrest, are accused of “membership in a terrorist organization”, meaning the PKK.

Arzu and Savcı did not attend the hearing, where they were represented by their lawyers.

While the prosecutor demanded both to be sentenced, lawyers rejected the accusations directed against their clients.

The court board acquitted Jiyan Savcı and sentenced İlyas Arzu to six years and three months in prison for “being a member of a terrorist organization”.