Hozan Cane, real name Saide Inac, was detained on June 22. Photo: Hozan Cane/Facebook
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Kurdish-German singer has been arrested in Turkey on charges of “propagating for a terrorist organization.”
Hozan Cane, whose real name is Saide Inac, 47, was formally arrested on Tuesday, five days after she was first detained.
The terror-related charge was for spreading messages of the PKK on social media, Hurriyet newspaper reported. The PKK is a named terror organization in Turkey.
Cane had come to Turkey “to support HDP’s election campaign, but was detained on June 22,” her manager Mehmet Akbas told Rudaw English.
She was initially detained for her social media posts, he explained, but the court’s charges were based on her involvement in the film 74th Genocide of Shingal.
Cane features in the film, carrying a weapon during a scene of the film that looks at ISIS’ attack on Yezidis on 2014, according to ANF news.
She was detained two days before Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary election. The singer had been campaigning on behalf of the pro-Kurdish HDP in Edirne province where HDP’s presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas is in jail on terror charges.
Cane shared videos and photos of her urging people to vote for HDP and Demirtas.