Turkey frees Syrian singer Omar Souleyman

A Turkish court on Saturday released from police custody for a second time Syrian singer Omar Souleyman, days after his arrest on terror charges.

The 64-year-old popular DJ was released from detention in southeastern Şanlıurfa province, where he had been arrested on Wednesday over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Hürriyet newspaper reported. Souleyman has denied the charges.

The PKK is an armed group which has been at war in Turkey for Kurdish self-rule for four decades.

The singer, whose arrest made international headlines, was released and rearrested on Friday, the newspaper said.

The rearrest was due to a procedural oversight, Hürriyet cited his lawyer as saying. 

The Syrian singer fled Turkey shortly after the outbreak of the war in Syria in 2011.

“I have never betrayed Turkey, which opened its doors to us,’’ Hürriyet cited the singer as saying following his release. “I am an artist and have not connection to politics or (terror) groups.’’

The DJ has gained international recognition over his eclectic style, which merges traditional and electronic Syrian music.

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