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KDP security still holding six PUK members in Erbil, says party

By Rudaw 13/1/2019
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said six of their members are still detained by Erbil security – a claim denied by officials in Erbil.

“Six of our members remain arrested by [Kurdistan Democratic Party] KDP security – five of them were arrested three months ago and one was arrested nearly a year ago. We believe problems have been created for them and they were arrested due to their PUK affiliations,” Rebwar Ismael, deputy head of PUK’s main headquarters in Erbil, told Rudaw.

Erbil security has dismissed such claims, saying no PUK member remains in their custody for political reasons.

“Currently, we have arrested no PUK member for political reasons. Those who violate the law will be arrested if an arrest warrant is issued for them, regardless of their political affiliations,” Tariq Nuri, head of Erbil security, told Rudaw.

Recently, the KDP and PUK engaged in a tit-for-tat arrest of party members in their spheres of influence. Last week, they each released detainees after a call from the prime minister. 

The arrests took place amid a brewing feud between the two ruling parties that is stalling talks to form the next Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The PUK official stressed these politically-motivated arrests are a significant factor in the lingering tensions. 

“We call for these meetings to continue in order to ward off these tensions,” Ismael said.

A new round of discussions between the parties of the KRG is expected to begin this week. 


Kermashan Kurd | 13/1/2019
no one should be prosecuted for having different opinion, as the great Voltaire says " i don't agree with what you say , but i will fight to death for your right to say it "
love you 2 | 13/1/2019
the PUK are scoring big wins in kerkuk fighting back the lizards all the way back to uruk while the KDP are busy cracking erdogans nuts and taking back mosul. rapid progress on all fronts. fantastic news everywere. not being sarcastic the slightest bit.
Muraz Adzhoev | 13/1/2019
Of course Kurdistan (not KDP) security forces in Erbil arrest all those who violate the law and if arrest warrants are issued for them, regardless of violators political affiliations. This is PUK itself, which has partisan security forces illegally arresting people without any arrest warrants. Why is Kurdistan Parliament keeping silence and not investigating the matter, not acting as properly as it is obliged to do, not considering the formation of the new Government and the national Peshmerga army and security forces of (Southern) Kurdistan? It is too much bad.
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